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Cuomo: 'Let's legalize the adult use of recreational marijuana'

December 17, 2018 - 11:53 am

NEW YORK (10101 WINS) -- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is singing a different tune these days on legal pot.

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Last year, the governor was firmly against legalization. Now, he's including it in his agenda for the 2019 legislative session.

"Let's legalize the adult use of recreational marijuana, once and for all," Cuomo said.

Cuomo laid out his agenda on Monday morning, at the New York City Bar Association.

Estimates say legalizing pot could bring in $1.3 billion in annual tax revenue with $336 million for the city alone.

Cuomo's reversal on what he once called a gateway drug may also be, in part, a way to push back against the Trump administration.

"This is a much different year given the assault of the federal government," Governor Cuomo said. "There's no doubt that New York has to stand up for itself and we have to fight Washington and we have to protect ourselves and we need state laws that do that."

Polls also show support for legalization, and a Democratic majority in the legislature makes such a policy more likely to pass.

In addition to pot, Cuomo also called for an end to cash bail, and wants to pass New York's DREAM Act to offer tuition subsidies to undocumented immigrants. He wants to make Election Day a state holiday.