420 with CNW – New York, New Jersey and Connecticut Governors to Discuss Harmonizing Marijuana Legalization Laws

September 25, 2019 15:20:21

On Tuesday, Andrew Cuomo, the New York Governor said that he plans to have a meet up with Connecticut and New Jersey Governors to discuss how they can come up with a joint program that ensures consistency as they move forward with the legalization of recreational marijuana.

In a radio interview on Long Island, New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo said that his intention for the meeting is to discuss the possibilities of having regional laws on vaping products and weed. He also added that it would make no sense for the three states to have different marijuana policies, because, this would only force people to drive across the border to the neighboring states be it Jersey or Connecticut and buy cannabis.

New York is serious about marijuana legalization; therefore, the process of recreational marijuana legalization has to be right and protected, said the New York Governor during the interview. He added that he intended to start the talks with the Connecticut Governor Lamont, to see if he is open to sharing the same policy, as it would be counterproductive to have separate policies because Marijuana consumers would drive to the neighboring states to buy weed of better or poorer quality, have more THC, and eventually, you have people vaping and smoking marijuana while driving.

The interview also covered the issue of introducing regulation that prohibits youth from consuming marijuana. Products that appeal to the youth and contain cannabis should be banned. These products include weed flavored gummy bears and cigarettes containing cannabis.

When recreational marijuana is legalized, Mr. Cuomo also plans to ban the smoking of weed, a policy he supported when medical marijuana was legalized in New York in the year 2014. The New York governor intends on talking about the possibilities of adding these bans in the shared policy. If Connecticut and New Jersey do not adopt these bans, it will make no sense introducing them in New York as people would cross the border to buy weed.

In an interview with WNYC, Governor Cuomo said that it is the responsibility of the state to come up with rules as there are no federal regulations governing marijuana reforms. He added that their discussions would include the limit of THC, the age at which individuals should consume recreational marijuana, the process of preparing weed for consumption, and the volume of sales. The meeting aims to arrive at a common goal.

The New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Connecticut Governor Lamont went on a fishing trip last month where they discussed issues of interest in the two states, such as cybercrime, transportation and marijuana legalization.

The three states did not manage to have recreational marijuana legalized this year. However, they are optimistic about the coming year. New York plans to make the legalization of recreational marijuana a major priority in the year 2020 legislative sessions. While in New Jersey, the lawmakers suggest advancing the issue of recreational marijuana legalization for the voter decision through a referendum in 2020.

Experts believe that marijuana industry actors like Sproutly Canada Inc. (CSE: SPR) (OTCQB: SRUTF) (FRA: 38G) and Sugarmade Inc. (OTCQB: SGMD) would be happy if the three states managed to pass similar marijuana laws since this would remove a lot of uncertainty for the users who frequently cross into these states.

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