New York Tries Again to Make Adult Pot Usage Legal, Gov Touts Financial Gains in Budget Speech

How do you plug a major deficit in the state budget? One way, New York governor Andrew Cuomo said in his budget presentation last week, is to regulate and tax marijuana and theoretically raise about $350 million…

But an area lawmaker says don’t toke up just yet. Rockland Assemblyman Mike Lawler says the issue should be put up to debate, and he wants the governor to remove it from the budget entirely…

Ramapo supervisor Michael Specht says even though New Jersey has already voted to legalize marijuana, he and the police department have not spoken yet about how to handle any border issues…

Rockland County Sheriff Lou Falco says Albany isn’t considering the financial toll legal marijuana is likely to have on local municipalities, including increased car accidents due to the effects of drivers high on pot…

The deficit is projected to be around $15 billion.

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