New York Governor Andrews Cuomo recently formed a workgroup to draft cannabis legalization legislation for New York. Among the workgroup members are two New York University professors: Angela Hawken, head of the Marron Institute's Litmus program, and Natasha Schüll of NYU Steinhardt. Mark Kleiman, head of Marron's Crime & Justice program, will serve as an outside expert consultant to the workgroup along with his long-time co-author Beau Kilmer of RAND.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today appointed a workgroup to draft legislation for a regulated adult-use marijuana program for the legislature to consider in the upcoming session based on the findings of a multi-agency study he commissioned in January. The study, led by the Department of Health, concluded that the positive impacts of a regulated marijuana market in New York State outweigh the potential negative impacts, and that areas that may be a cause for concern can be mitigated with regulation and proper use of public education that is tailored to address key populations.