What's Up in New York?

In December 2018, Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled his plan to push for recreational cannabis legalization in the first 100 days of 2019. The announcement came after the New York Department of Health released a report endorsing legalization. New York legalized medical cannabis in 2014.

Where Are Things Going?

  • Now that Gov. Cuomo has endorsed recreational cannabis, the New York State Assembly is expected to begin debating the issue soon.
  • Legalization is not a forgone conclusion. The law will not be changed until the State Senate and State Assembly agree on a bill and Gov. Cuomo signs it.
  • There’s no telling what a final legalization bill might look like, but Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie has said the state should consider expunging past cannabis-related convictions if cannabis is legalized.
  • Some officials have suggested that cannabis tax revenue could fund repairs to NYC’s subway system, though others think it should be spent elsewhere.

Where Are Things Now?

  • Cannabis legalization advocate Crystal Peoples-Stokes was named Majority Leader of the State Assembly following the Democrats’ victory in the 2018 election.
  • Medical cannabis has been legal since 2014, but only non-smoked forms of cannabis are allowed
  • Medical cannabis is available to patients with qualifying conditions such as AIDS, cancer, Crohn’s disease, PTSD, chronic pain, epilepsy, and opioid user disorder, among others.
  • Possession of small amounts of cannabis was decriminalized in 1977, but arrests for having cannabis in “public view” have been common since then, especially in NYC.

Fun Fact:

  • Famed NYC Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia was an early proponent of cannabis legalization. In 1944, his LaGuardia Committee released the United States’ first-ever study on the effects cannabis. It determined that cannabis was not addictive or a gateway drug.

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WHERE DO NEW YORK'S SENATORS STAND?

Sen. Charles Schumer - D

5 Supports 0 Has Not Supported

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Introduced the Marijuana Freedom and Opportunity Act, which would end the federal prohibition of cannabis (but still allow the federal government to prevent trafficking from states where it is legal to states where it is not).
  • Cosponsors the Hemp Farming Bill of 2018, which would end the federal prohibition of industrial hemp.
  • Cosponsored the CARERS Act of 2015, which would have prevented the government from interfering with state medical cannabis policy, moved cannabis from Schedule I to Schedule II, ended the federal prohibition of CBD, allowed banks to provide services to legal cannabis businesses, and allowed VA doctors to recommend cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Said he believes states should be allowed to legalize marijuana. (2014)
  • Received a B grade from NORML. (2016)

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand - D

5 Supports 0 Has Not Supported

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Cosponsors the Marijuana Justice Act of 2017, which would end cannabis prohibition at the federal level and expunge federal cannabis convictions.
  • Cosponsors the Hemp Farming Act of 2018, which would end the federal prohibition of industrial hemp.
  • Cosponsors the CARERS Act of 2017, which would prevent the federal government from interfering with state medical cannabis policy, end the federal prohibition of CBD, and allow VA doctors to recommend medical cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal.
  • Cosponsored the CARERS Act of 2015, which would have prevented the government from interfering with state medical cannabis policy, moved cannabis from Schedule I to Schedule II, ended the federal prohibition of CBD, allowed banks to provide services to legal cannabis businesses, and allowed VA doctors to recommend cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Cosponsored the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015, which would have ended the federal prohibition of industrial hemp. (2015)
  • Received a B grade from NORML. (2016)

WHERE DO NEW YORK’S REPRESENTATIVES STAND?

Rep. Lee Zeldin (NY-1) - R

2 Supports 3 Has Not Supported

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting medical cannabis patients and providers in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2015)
  • Voted in favor of allowing VA doctors to recommend medical cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2016)
  • Received a B grade from NORML. (2016)

 

New York’s 1st district covers the following counties:

Suffolk (partial)

 

Rep. Peter King (NY-2) - R

2 Supports 3 Has Not Supported

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting medical cannabis patients and providers in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2015)
  • Voted against allowing VA doctors to recommend medical cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2016)
  • Voted in favor of preventing states from penalizing banks for providing financial services to legitimate cannabis businesses. (2014)
  • Received a C grade from NORML. (2016)

 

New York’s 2nd district covers the following counties:

Nassau (partial), Suffolk (partial)

 

Rep. Thomas Suozzi (NY-3) - D

1 Supports 4 Has Not Supported

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • While running for Governor of New York, Rep. Suozzi declared that he supports medical marijuana. (2006)

 

New York’s 3rd district covers the following counties:

Nassau (partial), Queens (partial), Suffolk (partial)

 

Rep. Kathleen Rice (NY-4) - D

3 Supports 2 Has Not Supported

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting medical cannabis patients and providers in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2015)
  • Voted in favor of allowing VA doctors to recommend medical cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2016)
  • Received a B grade from NORML. (2016)

 

New York’s 4th district covers the following counties:

Nassau (partial)

 

Rep. Gregory Meeks (NY-5) - D

5 Supports 0 Has Not Supported

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Cosponsors the Marijuana Justice Act of 2018, which would end marijuana prohibition at the federal level and expunge federal marijuana convictions.
  • Cosponsors the Jobs and Justice Act of 2018, which would end marijuana prohibition at the federal level and create a reinvestment fund to assist communities that have been negatively affected by the War on Drugs (the bill also does a variety of other things).
  • Cosponsors the SAFE Act of 2017, which would allow banks to provide services to legitimate cannabis businesses.
  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting medical cannabis patients and providers in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2015)
  • Voted in favor of allowing VA doctors to recommend medical cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2016)
  • Voted in favor of preventing states from penalizing banks for providing financial services to legitimate cannabis businesses. (2014)
  • Received a B grade from NORML. (2016)

 

New York’s 5th district covers the following counties:

Queens (partial)

 

Rep. Grace Meng (NY-6) - D

4 Supports 1 Has Not Supported

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting medical cannabis patients and providers in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2015)
  • Voted in favor of allowing VA doctors to recommend medical cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2016)
  • Voted in favor of preventing states from penalizing banks for providing financial services to legitimate cannabis businesses. (2014)
  • Received a B grade from NORML. (2016)

 

New York’s 6th district covers the following counties:

Queens (partial)

 

Rep. Nydia Velázquez (NY-7) - D

4 Supports 1 Has Not Supported

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Cosponsors the SAFE Act of 2017, which would allow banks to provide services to legitimate cannabis businesses.
  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting medical cannabis patients and providers in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2015)
  • Voted in favor of allowing VA doctors to recommend medical cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2016)
  • Voted in favor of preventing states from penalizing banks for providing financial services to legitimate cannabis businesses. (2014)
  • Received a B grade from NORML. (2016)

 

New York’s 7th district covers the following counties:

Kings (partial), New York (partial), Queens (partial)

 

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (NY-8) - D

5 Supports 0 Has Not Supported

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Cosponsors the Marijuana Justice Act of 2018, which would end cannabis prohibition at the federal level and expunge federal cannabis convictions.
  • Cosponsors the Jobs and Justice Act of 2018, which would end marijuana prohibition at the federal level and create a reinvestment fund to assist communities that have been negatively affected by the War on Drugs (the bill also does a variety of other things).
  • Cosponsored the CARERS Act of 2015, which would have prevented the government from interfering with state medical cannabis policy, moved cannabis from Schedule I to Schedule II, ended the federal prohibition of CBD, allowed banks to provide services to legal cannabis businesses, and allowed VA doctors to recommend cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Cosponsors the Respect State Marijuana Laws Act of 2015, which would have prevented the federal government from interfering with cannabis policy at the state level.
  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting medical cannabis patients and providers in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2015)
  • Voted in favor of allowing VA doctors to recommend medical cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2016)
  • Voted in favor of preventing states from penalizing banks for providing financial services to legitimate cannabis businesses. (2014)
  • Received a B+ grade from NORML. (2016)

 

New York’s 8th district covers the following counties:

Kings (partial), Queens (partial)

 

Rep. Yvette Clarke (NY-9) - D

5 Supports 0 Has Not Supported

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Cosponsors the Marijuana Justice Act of 2018, which would end cannabis prohibition at the federal level and expunge federal cannabis convictions.
  • Cosponsors the Jobs and Justice Act of 2018, which would end marijuana prohibition at the federal level and create a reinvestment fund to assist communities that have been negatively affected by the War on Drugs (the bill also does a variety of other things).
  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting medical cannabis patients and providers in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2015)
  • Voted in favor of allowing VA doctors to recommend medical cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2016)
  • Voted in favor of preventing states from penalizing banks for providing financial services to legitimate cannabis businesses. (2014)
  • Received a B+ grade from NORML. (2016)

 

New York’s 9th district covers the following counties:

Kings (partial)

 

Rep. Jerrold Nadler (NY-10) - D

5 Supports 0 Has Not Supported

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Cosponsored the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act, which would have legalized and regulated cannabis at the federal level. (2015)
  • Cosponsored the CARERS Act of 2015, which would have prevented the government from interfering with state medical cannabis policy, moved cannabis from Schedule I to Schedule II, ended the federal prohibition of CBD, allowed banks to provide services to legal cannabis businesses, and allowed VA doctors to recommend cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Cosponsored the Charlotte’s Web Medical Access Act of 2015, which would have ended the federal prohibition of CBD. (2015)
  • Cosponsored the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015, which would have ended the federal prohibition of industrial hemp. (2015)
  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting medical cannabis patients and providers in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2015)
  • Voted in favor of allowing VA doctors to recommend medical cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2016)
  • Voted in favor of preventing states from penalizing banks for providing financial services to legitimate cannabis businesses. (2014)
  • Received a A+ grade from NORML. (2016)

 

New York’s 10th district covers the following counties:

Kings (partial), New York (partial)

 

Rep. Max Rose (NY-11) - D

4 Supports 1 Has Not Supported

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Declared his support for legalizing cannabis in New York and called cannabis an “industry of the future.” (2018)
  • Quote: “Expanding access for Medical Marijuana is also critical and has been proven to help in communities hit hardest by the epidemic.” (2018)
  • Quote: “It is morally reprehensible that in the middle of an opioid and heroin epidemic, Jeff Sessions thinks cracking down on states that legalized marijuana should be his priority. This decision will only make it harder for cancer patients, my fellow veterans suffering from PTSD, and others dealing with serious illnesses to have access to a drug that has given so many their lives back. There are more than enough members of Congress in the states impacted to pass legislation that overturns this cruel decision and restores the previous policy –  It’s time for them to stand up.” (2018)
  • After Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded a policy that kept the Justice Department from interfering with state-level cannabis policy, Rose tweeted: “We’re in the midst of a devastating opioid & heroin epidemic & this is Jeff Sessions’ priority? This only takes away life changing drugs from vets & cancer patients.” (2018)
  • Received a B grade from NORML. (2018)

 

New York’s 11th district covers the following counties:

Kings (partial), Richmond (partial)

 

Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY-12) - D

5 Supports 0 Has Not Supported

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Cosponsors the Marijuana Justice Act of 2018, which would end cannabis prohibition at the federal level and expunge federal cannabis convictions.
  • Cosponsors the SAFE Act of 2017, which would allow banks to provide services to legitimate cannabis businesses.
  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting medical cannabis patients and providers in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2015)
  • Voted in favor of allowing VA doctors to recommend medical cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2016)
  • Voted in favor of preventing states from penalizing banks for providing financial services to legitimate cannabis businesses. (2014)
  • Received a B grade from NORML. (2016)

 

New York’s 12th district covers the following counties:

Kings (partial), Queens (partial), New York (partial)

 

Rep. Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) - D

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Rep. Espaillat has not declared his support for reforming any cannabis policies.

 

New York’s 13th district covers the following counties:

Bronx (partial), New York (partial)

 

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez(NY-14) - D

5 Supports 0 Has Not Supported

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Supports legalizing cannabis at the federal level and expunging past cannabis-related convictions. (2018)
  • Called for legalizing cannabis at the federal level as well as ending the War on Drugs in general. (2018)
  • Received an A grade from NORML. (2018)

 

New York’s 14th district covers the following counties:

Bronx (partial), Queens (partial)

 

Rep. José Serrano (NY-15) - D

4 Supports 1 Has Not Supported

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting medical cannabis patients and providers in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2015)
  • Voted in favor of allowing VA doctors to recommend medical cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2016)
  • Voted in favor of preventing states from penalizing banks for providing financial services to legitimate cannabis businesses. (2014)
  • Received a B grade from NORML. (2016)

 

New York’s 15th district covers the following counties:

Bronx (partial)

 

Rep. Eliot Engel (NY-16) - D

4 Supports 1 Has Not Supported

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting medical cannabis patients and providers in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2015)
  • Voted in favor of allowing VA doctors to recommend medical cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2016)
  • Voted in favor of preventing states from penalizing banks for providing financial services to legitimate cannabis businesses. (2014)
  • Received a B grade from NORML. (2016)

 

New York’s 16th district covers the following counties:

Bronx (partial), Westchester (partial)

 

Rep. Nita Lowey (NY-17) - D

4 Supports 1 Has Not Supported

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Cosponsored the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015, which would have ended the federal prohibition of industrial hemp. (2015)
  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting medical cannabis patients and providers in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2015)
  • Voted in favor of allowing VA doctors to recommend medical cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2016)
  • Voted in favor of preventing states from penalizing banks for providing financial services to legitimate cannabis businesses. (2014)
  • Received a B grade from NORML. (2016)

 

New York’s 17th district covers the following counties:

Rockland, Westchester (partial)

 

Rep. Sean Maloney (NY-18) - D

4 Supports 1 Has Not Supported

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Cosponsors the SAFE Act of 2017, which would allow banks to provide services to legitimate cannabis businesses.
  • Cosponsored the CARERS Act of 2015, which would have prevented the government from interfering with state medical cannabis policy, moved cannabis from Schedule I to Schedule II, ended the federal prohibition of CBD, allowed banks to provide services to legal cannabis businesses, and allowed VA doctors to recommend cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting medical cannabis patients and providers in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2015)
  • Voted in favor of allowing VA doctors to recommend medical cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2016)
  • Voted in favor of preventing states from penalizing banks for providing financial services to legitimate cannabis businesses. (2014)
  • Received a B grade from NORML. (2016)

 

New York’s 18th district covers the following counties:

Orange, Putnam, Westchester (partial), Dutchess (partial)

 

Rep. Antonio Delgado (NY-19) - D

5 Supports 0 Has Not Supported

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • A spokesperson for Delgado told NORML: “Antonio believes that cannabis should be legalized for both recreational and medical use, as long as it’s properly regulated.” (2018)
  • Received an A grade from NORML. (2018)

 

New York’s 19th district covers the following counties:

Columbia, Delaware, Greene, Otsego, Schoharie, Sullivan, Ulster, Broome (partial), Dutchess (partial), Montgomery (partial), Rensselaer (partial)

 

Rep. Paul Tonko (NY-20) - D

2 Supports 3 Has Not Supported

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Cosponsors the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2017, which would end the federal prohibition of industrial hemp.
  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting medical cannabis patients and providers in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2015)
  • Voted in favor of allowing VA doctors to recommend cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2016)
  • Voted in favor of preventing states from penalizing banks for providing financial services to legitimate cannabis businesses. (2014)
  • Received a C grade from NORML. (2016)

 

New York’s 20th district covers the following counties:

Albany, Schenectady, Rensselaer (partial), Montgomery (partial), Saratoga (partial)

 

Rep. Elise Stefanik (NY-21) - R

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Said she opposes marijuana legalization because it is a gateway drug. (2018)
  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting medical cannabis patients and providers in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2015)
  • Voted against allowing VA doctors to recommend cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2016)
  • Received a C grade from NORML. (2016)

 

New York’s 21st district covers the following counties:

Clinton, Franklin, St. Lawrence, Jefferson, Lewis, Hamilton, Essex, Warren, Washington, Fulton, Saratoga (partial), Herkimer (partial)

 

Rep. Anthony Brindisi (NY-22) - R

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Said he does not believe cannabis should be a Schedule 1 drug under the Controlled Substances Act. (2018)

 

  • Said cannabis should be legalized because it is a criminal justice issue. (2018)

 

  • Voted in favor of sealing convictions for small amount of cannabis. ( 2018)

 

  • Voted in favor of expand New York’s medical cannabis program to include patients with opioid use disorder. (2018)
  • Voted in favor of creating a medical cannabis program  in New York. (2014)
  • Received a B grade from NORML. (2018)

 

New York’s 2dnd district covers the following counties:

Chenango, Cortland, Madison, Oneida, Broome (partial), Herkimer (partial), Tioga (partial), Oswego (partial)

 

Rep. Tom Reed II (NY-23) - R

2 Supports 3 Has Not Supported

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting medical cannabis patients and providers in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2015)
  • Voted in favor of allowing VA doctors to recommend cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2016)
  • Voted against preventing states from penalizing banks for providing financial services to legitimate cannabis businesses. (2014)
  • Received a B grade from NORML. (2016)

 

New York’s 23rd district covers the following counties:

Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Allegany, Steuben, yates, Schuyler, Seneca, Tompkins, Chemung, Ontario (partial), Tioga (partial)

 

Rep. John Katko (NY-24) - R

2 Supports 3 Has Not Supported

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Cosponsors the Charlotte’s Web Medical Access Act of 2017, which would end the federal prohibition of CBD.
  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting medical cannabis patients and providers in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2015)
  • Voted in favor of allowing VA doctors to recommend cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2016)
  • Received a B grade from NORML. (2016)

 

New York’s 24th district covers the following counties:

Wayne, Cayuga, Onondaga, Oswego (partial)

 

Rep. Joseph Morrelle (NY-25) - D

2 Supports 3 Has Not Supported

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Said he had concerns about cannabis legalization, but that legalization was not a matter of if, but when. (2018)
  • Said he wanted to wait for the New York State Department of Health to issue its report on cannabis legalization before making a decision on the issue. (2018)
  • Voted in favor of sealing convictions for small amount of cannabis. ( 2018)
  • Voted in favor of expand New York’s medical cannabis program to include patients with opioid use disorder. (2018)
  • Voted in favor of creating a medical cannabis program in New York. (2014)
  • Received a B- grade from NORML. (2018)

New York’s 25th district covers the following counties:

Monroe (partial)

 

Rep. Brian Higgins (NY-26) - D

4 Supports 1 Has Not Supported

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting medical cannabis patients and providers in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2015)
  • Voted in favor of allowing VA doctors to recommend medical cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2016)
  • Voted in favor of preventing states from penalizing banks for providing financial services to legitimate cannabis businesses. (2014)
  • Received a B grade from NORML. (2016)

 

New York’s 26th district covers the following counties:

Erie (partial), Niagara (partial)

 

Rep. Chris Collins (NY-27) - R

4 Supports 1 Has Not Supported

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting medical cannabis patients and providers in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2015)
  • Voted in favor of allowing VA doctors to recommend medical cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2016)
  • Voted in favor of preventing states from penalizing banks for providing financial services to legitimate cannabis businesses. (2014)
  • Received a B grade from NORML. (2016)

 

New York’s 27th district covers the following counties:

Genesee, Livingston, Orleans, Wyoming, Erie (partial), Monroe (partial), Niagara (partial), Ontario (partial)

 

WHERE DOES NEW YORK'S GOVERNOR STAND?

Gov. Andrew Cuomo- D

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  • Directed the Department of Health to study the potential effects of recreational cannabis legalization in New York. The Department of Health eventually recommended the state legalize recreational cannabis. (2018)
  • Quote: “As of this date, I am unconvinced on recreational marijuana. If you choose to use marijuana recreationally, you know the law.” (2017)
  • Called cannabis a “gateway drug.” (2017)
  • Signed a bill to add PTSD to the list of qualifying conditions for medical cannabis. (2017)
  • Signed a bill to classify industrial hemp as an agricultural commodity. (2017)
  • Signed a bill to direct the Commissioner of Health to establish emergency access to medical cannabis for patients that need it. (2015)
  • Signed a bill to create a broad medical cannabis program in New York. (2014)
  • Declared his qualified support for medical cannabis after opposing it for many years. (2014)
  • Proposed reducing penalties for possession of up to 25 grams of cannabis. (2012)

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