Cuomo assembling panel to study pot legalization

Gov. Cuomo plans to appoint a panel to study the legalization of marijuana, sources said Tuesday.

The announcement is expected as part of the governor’s budget address in Albany.

Cuomo said last year that he was opposed to legalizing pot for recreational use, calling it a “gateway drug.”

But Republican gubernatorial hopeful Joel Giambra, a former Erie County executive, has said he supports legalizing it to raise funds for infrastructure, including New York City’s subways.

Recreational marijuana is now legal in eight states.

Cuomo’s budget for 2018-19 will keep spending mostly flat, with three percent increases for education and healthcare, the sources said.

The state’s fiscal year begins on April 1.

All of Cuomo’s proposals have to be approved by the Legislature.


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