New York health department to call for marijuana legalization

Opioid users will qualify for medical marijuana program in NY

"We looked at the pros, we looked at the cons, and when we were done, we realized that the pros outweighed the cons - and the report recommends that a regulated, legal marijuana program be available to adults in the state of New York", Health Commissioner Howard Zucker said at an event in Brooklyln, the State of Politics blog first reported.

Another barrier to legalized pot in NY went up in smoke Monday after the state's health commissioner said he will recommend NY allow adults to consume marijuana legally. Dr. Zucker was unable to give a timeline as to when the report would be issued. Nixon supports legalizing marijuana.

On Monday, the Cuomo's office says the governor "will review the report" when he receives it.

"When those facts change, we need to do a better analysis of that", Zucker said. Don't count on complete legalization just yet, however.

The announcement is the latest step by the state Health Department to expand the availability of medical marijuana in non-smokeable forms after it was legalized in 2016.

According to The New York Times, legalization efforts by New Jersey and MA helped shift Cuomo's thinking.

The former leader of Cuomo's economic development efforts, Dr. Alain Kaloyeros, is on trial in federal district court, along with two upstate developers, on bid-rigging charges. "The only thing this governor cares about is his political career".

"So that means if an individual is taking prescription opioids, they could take medical marijuana as part of the program that we are pushing forward to hopefully come off prescription opioids as well", Zucker continued. In Connecticut, a recreational marijuana bill made it out of committee in April and awaits consideration in the state's general assembly.

The city is set to announce it's plan Tuesday morning.

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