Nixon, Cuomo Offer Different Approaches to Legalizing Marijuana

Ex-Speaker Boehner will join the board of a pot company, saying his views have evolved

On Wednesday, Cynthia Nixon released a video stating that legalizing marijuana is one of her campaign issues as she runs for governor of NY.

The move is a stark reversal for the former speaker, who in 2011 wrote a constituent that he was "unalterably opposed to the legalization of marijuana or any other FDA Schedule I drug", adding that "I remain concerned that legalization will result in increased abuse of all varieties of drugs, including alcohol". She emphasized that 80 percent of New Yorkers arrested for cannabis use are black or Latino, "despite the fact that whites and people of color use marijuana at roughly the same rates".

Like so many other municipal politicians across the country, the Mayor and Council at the District of Fort St. James is grappling with how to deal with the introduction of legalized marijuana. As governor, Weld advocated for medical marijuana legalization since 1992 but his time as a federal prosecutor limited his stance on how far to decriminalize marijuana, he said in 2016. "We both believe the time has come for serious consideration of a shift in federal marijuana policy", the statement said, according to the Boston Herald.

Industry analysts are viewing Boehner's decision as a watershed event that effectively announces that marijuana has finally gone mainstream and that investment in the sector could balloon in the coming years.

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These new registers are designed for marijuana dispensaries, and their software aims to help licensed business owners track sales and inventory, create reports, and comply with state regulatory agencies by sending reports to them automatically. They focused particularly on the view of a large majority of Americans that cannabis should be legalized on a federal level. "You don't need a study to figure out our marijuana laws are disproportionately putting people of color in jail", she shot back on her Twitter account.

Across the Hudson River in New Jersey, the state's new governor, Phil Murphy, took office in January after campaigning on a pledge to legalize cannabis in the Garden State.

"I think we're actually ahead on it", Cuomo said. NY state does have a medical marijuana program, though it is extremely restrictive. Nixon tweeted Thursday, linking to a campaign donation page.

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