New York governor pledges to legalize adult-use marijuana

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday promised to legalize recreational cannabis in the state as part of his 2020 agenda.

The governor made his promise to legalize adult-use marijuana during his annual State of the State address.

The state is facing a multibillion-dollar budget gap and legalized recreational marijuana “could pour much-needed revenue into state coffers,” according to The New York Times.

Cuomo and state legislators failed to legalize recreational marijuana last year.

Last October, Cuomo met with four other Northeast governors to try hammer out uniform standards for adult-use cannabis in the region on items such as licensing, taxation, social equity, small-business participation and THC potency.