New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) announced that state officials will hold a series of “listening sessions” about marijuana legalization starting next week.
The move is the latest in an intensified evolution of the cannabis policy debate in New York and for Cuomo’s position on the issue personally.
“Community input is critical as we work to draft balanced and comprehensive legislation on a regulated marijuana program in New York,” Cuomo said in a press release. “The multi-agency report identified the benefits of a regulated marijuana market, and with these listening sessions we are taking another important step to develop a model program for New York. We look forward to hearing what New Yorkers in every corner of the state have to say.”
Last year, Cuomo called marijuana a “gateway drug” and said he was opposed to legalization.
But that has changed amid a contentious primary challenge from Cynthia Nixon, with whom