ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo says New York should legalize recreational marijuana for adults over 21, a step which he says would raise an estimated $300 million in tax revenues each year.
The Democratic governor unveiled his proposal on Tuesday during his State of the State address to lawmakers.
Cuomo wants to permit personal use as well as retail sales. Marijuana would be subject to taxes at the cultivation and wholesale level as well as a 20 percent tax on retail sales.
Cuomo says he wants to let cities and counties prohibit retail pot shops within their boundaries if they choose.
Cuomo included his proposal in his state budget recommendation, meaning lawmakers could act before April 1.
New York would be the 11th state to legalize marijuana and the second largest after California.