As talks surrounding the legalization or cannabis in the state of New York heat up, a new poll has demonstrated that New Yorkers favor home delivery, cultivation of the plant for personal use, and allowance of retail cultivation facilities to operate in their neighborhoods.
The Consensus Strategies Poll asked residents of New York to give their opinion on a wide variety of cannabis-related issues. In general, it showed that people in the Empire State want to implement policy change that mostly aligns with current proposals moving through the legislature this session.
With the majority of New Yorkers in favor of widespread cannabis reform, Governor Andrew Cuomo said on March 15 that he and the legislature are “very close” to reaching a deal. While the final details of the bill are still yet to be worked out, lawmakers are working hard to address concerns from advocates such as social equity funding and reduction of criminal penalties surrounding the plant.
Cuomo and legislators hope that the passing of a bill will generate tax revenue for a much-needed boost to the economy following the COVID-19 pandemic.