Weed for Rails: Officials propose plan to use legal pot loot to fix NYC subway system

December 06, 2018 - 8:11 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- While New Jersey is barrelling along toward legalizing recreational marijuana, the process has been a lot slower in New York.

But now some people have come up with what they think is a very good reason for legalizaton: They think it can save the subway system.

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A new NYU report released Wednesday advocates for the city to legalize marijuana in order to help pay for improvements to the city’s transportation network.

Some "high" level business and political officials are about to roll out "weed for rails," which would dedicate half of the marijuana money generated by the state to fixing the subways, 1010 WINS' John Montone.

The MTA is asking for $40 billion over the course of ten years to pay for an overhaul of the subway’s signal system.

Legalizing pot in New York could bring in as much as $700 million dollars per year, which could then be allocated to the MTA.

Subway rider Ron told Montone, "I think it is going to make a lot of people happy."

Yes -- presumably the people smoking the reefer and those riding the rails.