There has been a great deal of back-and-forth in the state of New York when it comes to the potential of legalizing cannabis for adult use. While it appears that most voters are in favor of legalization, it still didn’t have enough support in the legislature for a bill to be passed in 2019. But that doesn’t mean lawmakers are giving up hope or focus.
Even formerly anti-legalization Governor Andrew Cuomo is still talking about legalization. However, this week he hinted that he’s still not in favor of smoking and feels that alternative consumption methods would be the better option post-legalization.
“No,” he said, adding that his administration is “not in favor of smoking marijuana” and that there are “ways to get THC without smoking marijuana.”
This all started when the governor was being interviewed by MSNBC, where he was asked if the recent deaths that appear to be linked to vaping had him reconsidering legalization. While Cuomo assured interviewers that lawmakers in the state weren’t turning their backs on legalization, it was his additional comments about smoking that provoked the question – would New York legalize cannabis, but ban smoking it?
“People are vaping THC, yes that is true,” Cuomo said. “We think that from a public health point of view, that is not something that we recommend and we think it’s dangerous—smoking of any kind.”
It sounds like Cuomo thinks that smoking and vaping is a public health concern, and therefore doesn’t recommend it. This falls closely in line with his previous attempts to ban smoking of medical marijuana in the state back in 2014 – but that was presumably to ensure the program couldn’t be taken advantage of by people looking to use the law as a way to smoke legally.
“You can legalize marijuana and sell THC in compounds that do not require you to smoke the marijuana, and we do not support smoking of marijuana,” he said. “There are compounds that have the THC, which is a compound in marijuana, that you don’t smoke.”
Chances are, there’s not going to be a ban on smoking recreational cannabis should it be legalized in New York in the future. However, if they were to try and push such a ban – especially considering the recent deaths linked to vaping – it likely wouldn’t go over well.
Smoking bans on medical marijuana have been met with court battles from more than one angle, and patients, consumers, businesses and advocates would all rally to fight such a ridiculous restriction.