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56 Percent of New Yorkers Support Andrew Cuomo’s Legalization Plans

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Last month New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced his plans to legalize recreational marijuana as part of his 2019 budget proposal. And it appears Cuomo’s constituents approve of his plan.

A new poll found that 56 percent of New Yorkers approve of legalizing recreational marijuana, and only 41 percent oppose the effort. Interestingly enough, legalization had about equal support among people living in New York City as people living in upstate New York, with 58 percent and 57 percent of voters supporting the issue respectively. It was only in New York City suburbs that support for marijuana legalization declined, with only 51 percent supporting Cuomo’s plan and 43 percent opposing it.

Cuomo’s plan will include an option for cities and towns to opt-out of recreational marijuana sales, a staple of most legalization efforts so far. So perhaps that’s helping drive support in areas that tend to be more conservative.

With the news of this poll, it’s unlikely Cuomo’s plan to legalize recreational marijuana will receive much resistance in the near future. That likely means New York will be the next state to legalize recreational marijuana.

(h/​t Democrat and Chronicle)

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