New York Governor’s top marijuana advisor, Andrew Cuomo (D), says the cannabis legalization bill will be introduced to the state budget again in January with the goal of reforming by April. He also reviewed government regulations for hemp-derived CBD products, including permission for drinks and food.
During an interview with David Culver of Canopy Growth Corp. on the company’s recently released video series, Under the Canopy, Assistant Counselor Axel Bernabe spoke about how efforts to legalize marijuana in neighboring states highlight the need for reform in New York. And he said the law that the governor will introduce will serve as a “model” for other states, prioritizing social equality and economic development.
But he also acknowledged that neighboring New Jersey could get ahead of the Empire State as voters could approve a legalization referendum next month.
“We are closely monitoring New Jersey. We were always confident that we would get to New Jersey, so if they go through a referendum, they will still have to have an agreement between the Governor and the Senate there, ”he said, referring to the necessary implementing legislation that would need to be passed. if voters submit a question for voting. “We are working on it. We’re going to re-include this in our budget in January. We think we can do it by April 1st.”