Gov. Cuomo and Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont are starting to develop a “regional” approach to legal cannabis and e-cigs.
"Policies governing vaping products and recreational marijuana will require regional symmetry because it makes little sense for one state to do something if a neighboring state has a totally different policy,” Cuomo said in a Tuesday statement.
“Without coordination, you end up incentivizing people to drive over the border to buy a different or cheaper product.”
Indeed, New Yorkers have been traveling in droves to Massachusetts, where legal recreational pot shops opened in November. At just one store near the state border, half of its 50,000 customers came from New York in the first half of the year, the Daily News previously reported.
Massachusetts, whose governor Charlie Barker is a Republican, was not mentioned at Cuomos press conference.
But asked on a radio show Wednesday whether Baker would be invited to the upcoming summit, Cuomo said yes.
He faulted the feds for leaving it to states to develop policies on weed and e-cigs.
He said he and fellow Dem Lamont will lead a summit next month to “develop guidelines and principles that will benefit the two states’ vaping oversight and cannabis legalization.”
Cuomo announced an emergency ban on most flavors of e-cigs earlier earlier this month, amid a spate of vaping-related deaths nationwide. Efforts to further legalize pot have stalled in the state legislature.