Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday that the pressure is on New York state lawmakers to legalize marijuana after voters in neighboring New Jersey approved a referendum this week that lets adults use the drug recreationally.
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Adult-use marijuana is already legal in Vermont and Massachusetts, which both border New York. But New Jersey is connected to New York City by mass-transit systems that make cross-border traffic likely. And during a time when state budgets are under stress from the coronavirus pandemic, revenue from marijuana sales looks more attractive, advocates say.
“I think this year it is ripe because the state is going to be desperate for funding,” Mr. Cuomo said…