Politico, – April 1, 2021
New Yorkers aged 21 and older can now legally possess and consume cannabis.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation Wednesday morning to legalize adult-use, recreational cannabis in New York and create the country’s second-largest recreational marijuana market.
With the governor’s endorsement of the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act, which cleared the Legislature late Tuesday, New York officially joins 16 other states, including New Jersey and Massachusetts, that have embraced full legalization. More than two-thirds of the northeast’s 56 million residents will live in states that have legalized recreational cannabis, ramping up pressure on Washington, D.C., to ease federal restrictions on the drug.
“This is a historic day in New York — one that rights the wrongs of the past by putting an end to harsh prison sentences, embraces an industry that will grow the Empire State’s economy, and prioritizes marginalized communities so those that have suffered the most will be the first to reap the benefits,” Cuomo said in a statement issued after he quietly signed the bill.
Politico, – April 7, 2021
Andrew Giuliani, a special assistant in the Trump White House and son of Rudy Giuliani, is mulling a run for governor of New York next year.
In an interview with the conservative-leaning Washington Examiner, Andrew Giuliani said he’s “heavily considering” running against Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has been battered by a series of controversies — including allegations of sexual harassment made by several women.
Giuliani said that he thinks Republicans — who last won a New York gubernatorial contest in 2002 — have a “very, very real chance to win” and that he would have the best shot “outside of anybody named Trump.”