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New York cannabis legalization will pair with neighboring states, governors say

October 18, 2019
marijuana legalization new york — Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, third from left, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, center, Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont, second from right, and New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, right, co-host a regional summit on public health issues around cannabis and vaping, Thursday Oct. 17, 2019, in New York. Unregulated THC products in Northeast states have sickened hundreds and killed several residents there this fall. (Bebeto Matthews/AP)
Unregulated THC products in Northeast states have sickened hundreds and killed several residents there this fall. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, third from left, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, center, Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont, second from right, and New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, right, co-host a summit to foster regional parity on marijuana legalization's taxes, testing, and vape rules. Thursday Oct. 17, 2019, in New York. (Bebeto Matthews/AP)

NEW YORK (AP)—The governors from several Northeastern states said Thursday they want to work together to regulate marijuana and vaping, including possible regional restrictions on flavored vaping products.

Democratic governors from New York, Connecticut, New Jersey and Pennsylvania met in New York City with health and legislative officials. Representatives from Massachusetts and Colorado were also on hand for the meeting.

'The patchwork quilt of marijuana regulations makes no sense at all.'
Ned Lamont, Governor of Connecticut

“What we want to do is coordinate this on a regional basis,” said Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont, noting how the “patchwork quilt of marijuana regulations makes no sense at all.” He said the group came up with “very preliminary” principles concerning how to regulate legalized, recreational marijuana, such as agreeing to have similar policies for THC content, edibles, advertising and taxation in order to dissuade people from turning to the illicit market.

Lamont said “different states are going to have different timeframes” to pass marijuana legislation and he didn’t foresee everyone enacting the exact same law at the same time. He said more work needs to be done and staff from the participating states will continue working together on the issue. Several of the governors unsuccessfully pushed for their states to allow recreational pot sales in the last year.


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“We just want to make sure we go in with our eyes open and we’re consistent,” Lamont said.

On vaping, Lamont said there appeared to be “the most unity” among the officials on possibly outlawing flavored e-cigarettes next year, given their appeal to young people and the growing number of vaping-related lung illnesses and deaths across the country.

“I think you’ll see some unanimity on that at the start,” he said.

Earlier this month, a state appeals court temporarily blocked New York from enforcing Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 90-day emergency ban on such products after the vaping industry sued to block the regulations. In Massachusetts, Republican Gov. Charlie Baker last month announced a statewide ban on the sale of vaping products, a measure that has been challenged in court.


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Meanwhile, a new law just took effect in Connecticut that increased the age to 21 for someone to purchase vaping products.

Cuomo said a lack of federal action on pot and vaping regulations means it’s up to states to act. He noted that marijuana is often vaped and states should also consider that when considering marijuana legalization.

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  • don

    Fuck these drug war scum and their political parties. Legalize the plant. Consumption age of 17, growing legal in your backyard away from neighboring property. Legalize coca leaf and poppy flowers now. Free all people in cages for plant base selling – including cocaine and heroin.

    • Michael

      Don if you ran for office I’d vote for you, I totally agree.

  • valleevue

    Making cannabis legal or not its use will forever go on.Many especially younger folks now see alcohol for what it is a legal but far more dangerous drug.
    I am 74 I’ve come to that realization a log time ago.Don’t overdo the drug alcohol! No don’t use alcohol It is NOT safer than cannabis.
    Just a few examples .If one was to search all the “Skid Rows” you will NOT find any who “Just Only” use cannabis sick and derelict.
    Neither sick and desperate with a need of a medical detox A medical due to “Just Only” using cannabis. NONE so no” cannabis only” users in withdrawal .
    The equivalent of “Wet Brain” ( Wernicke encephalopathy and WKS are most commonly seen in people who are alcoholic. Failure in diagnosis of WE and thus treatment of the disease leads to death in approximately 20% of cases, while 75% are left with permanent brain damage associated with WKS.[2] Of those affected, 25% require long-term institutionalization in order to receive effective care).. highly unlikely.
    Continuing “Faux “data in regard to casual use of cannabis……plenty.

  • JP

    The fact that you can’t go into a medical dispensary and buy flower or bud in NY because the governor doesn’t think you should have it adds to this nonsense. Anyone can get bud if they want. The states can at least make some money that they can put back into our community if they legalize. People still getting arrested in states for cannabis is unconscionable. And these are our paid officials? pffft!

  • James Bryant

    DEA gets a large part of their budgets by the amount of drug busts. It’s easier to bust pot than the more powerful substances. Weed is safe, fun and my preference. When is the last time a high person ever hurt anyone?

  • Alien Wired

    Shouldn’t this guy be working with the NY LEGISLATURE??

    THe surrounding states do not have a VOICE in my STATE CONGRESS..

    THEN this IDIOT wants to limit the amount of THC in product, limit how many licenses are available, limit home growing to 0..

    ENOUGH, marijuana will never be legal as long as that fucking MORONIC GOOMBA is the governor.