Governors from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania have teamed up in support of marijuana legalization as well as new vaping regulations. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo hosted the Governor’s Regional Cannabis & Vaping Summit. Governors Phil Murphy, Tim Wolf and Ted Lamont were all in attendance.
The governors are attempting to work together on a seamless marijuana legalization plan for states in New England and the Northeast, Democrat & Chronicle reported. State representatives from Colorado, Rhode Island and Massachusetts also attended the one-day summit.
Gov. Cuomo said, “The goal is to collaborate with one another, to share resources and thinking collectively as we’re all trying to figure this out. To the extent regional coordination makes sense and it is politically practicable, we want to do that.”
New York is working to put a vaping ban in place, following the lead of several other states across the country, after a recent vaping crisis causing illnesses and fatalities. New York’s ban on vaping products would be on flavored e-cigarettes, but the effort is currently stalled in court.
Residents in states that neighbor marijuana legalized Massachusetts are crossing state lines en masse to purchase marijuana.
Governor Murphy said, “Doing things in an intelligent, coordinated, harmonious way is good for the entirety of not just our states but our residents.”
All four of the governors want to see better marijuana and vaping regulations in place to ensure that products are safe for their residents.
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