The Democratic governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut will work together to form a regional policy plan for vaping products and marijuana, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a radio interview on Monday.
Cuomo, speaking with Long Island News Radio, said he will be meeting this week with Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont to discuss setting up “regional symmetry” on the issues. He also plans to discuss the issues with New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy.
“You know, everyone’s talking about legalizing marijuana: Jersey’s talking about; New York’s talking about it; Connecticut has been talking about it. For one state to do it, it makes no sense if the neighboring state has a totally different policy, because you then just incentivize people to drive over the border and buy it there, so if we come up with a marijuana policy, but Jersey has a different policy, so then you just drive to New Jersey and you buy it and you smoke it on the way home or you go to Connecticut,” Cuomo said in the interview.
Cuomo said both vaping and marijuana policy have connecting points on issues like use. A bill that would have legalized marijuana retail sales stalled in the Legislature in June.