Pot Could Soon Be Legal In New York

(Albany, NY) -- New York's health department may soon recommend legalizing marijuana.

As recently as last year, Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo called weed a "gateway drug." Now, he says facts have changed. New York health commissioner Howard Zucker says a study determined the pros outweigh the cons, and that a regulated legal program should be available to adult New Yorkers. 

Zucker says the inquiry considered public safety and health concerns, as well as economics and taxation benefits. Governor Cuomo's primary opponent, Cynthia Nixon, has indicated she supports legalizing marijuana as it pertains to criminal justice reform.

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