Cannabis legalization advocates expect New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to call on the legislature to legalize recreational marijuana during his first budget address in 2019. “We’re drafting legislation,” Rich Azzopardi, a spokesman for the governor, told NBC News on Tuesday, when asked about decriminalizing weed. The New York Post first reported earlier Tuesday that the governor’s next budget address would include the introduction of a pot-legalization plan — but Azzopardi downplayed that news by noting that “in August we appointed a 16 member working group to draft legislation and hold public hearings.” Cuomo got the ball rolling for legalization earlier this year by launching a working group to make legislative recommendations based on a multi-agency study on “regulated marijuana” unveiled in July. The multi-agency study that was released in summer concluded, “The positive effects of a regulated marijuana market in New York State outweigh the potential negative impacts,” according to a summary. Recreational marijuana could come to New York State in 2019

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