Legalized Marijuana

Office of N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo

With three weeks to go until the April 1 budget deadline, Governor Andrew Cuomo is drawing some lines in the sand on items he says need to be in the spending plan, like a permanent property tax cap. But Cuomo says a proposal to legalize the adult use of marijuana likely will not be finished in time.

Jim Mone / AP

Last week, North Hempstead banned the sale of recreational marijuana within its borders. It’s one of the first New York towns to pass a bill of this kind.

Law enforcement stops a driver.
Rich Pedroncelli / AP

Long Island law enforcement is preparing for the legalization of recreational marijuana in New York, and officials say road safety should be a top priority.  

Ted S. Warren / AP

This week Nassau County announced a taskforce of law enforcement and public health officials, as well as business and religious groups, to prepare for the legalization of recreational marijuana.

Carolyn Thompson / AP

Governor Andrew Cuomo is set to release details of a plan to make recreational marijuana legal in New York State when he outlines his state budget proposal later this month. Even the governor concedes, though, that there are many unanswered questions about how to proceed.