A bill that would legalize marijuana may soon be making its way to the state legislature.
The bill, announced by State Senator Liz Krueger of Manhattan, lays out a system for regulating and taxing marijuana, similar to how alcohol and tobacco are sold.
Supporters say it would end a costly drug war that has unfairly impacted the state's minority populations.
"It's a failed model that has cost billions and billions of dollars, has ruined the lives of tens of thousands of young people, mostly of color, throughout the state,” Krueger said.
"There's gonna be at least half a dozen states across the country, including potentially California and Oregon, that are taking up this issue either in their state legislature or through a voter referendum and so we're really seeing the winds of change here,” said Gabriel Sayegh of Drug Policy Alliance.
A spokesman for Governor Cuomo has already said the bill is a non-starter.