NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Governors from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania held a summit on Thursday to develop a uniform regional approach to policies on e-cigarettes and legal marijuana.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf say they want to find uniformity and remove the incentives for people to cross state lines to bypass strict vaping and marijuana regulations in certain areas.
“We are serious in this state about legalizing recreational use of marijuana, but it has to be done right,” Cuomo said. “At the same time, the federal government has refused to step up during this vaping crisis, so it is up to the states to develop policies that will help keep people safe.”
Murphy agreed saying: “We could be a lot more intelligent, smarter and have a much more forward-leaning result if we coordinate.”
Gov. Lamont says the lawmakers were discussing other policies besides how to handle people vaping marijuana products, though that was the main focus of the summit
“You know, my state in Connecticut, people cross the border, they drive up through Massachusetts, where they can buy some cannabis and bring it back, and that makes real problems for our state police,” he said.
Officials from Colorado and Massachusetts, where recreational marijuana is legal, were also at the summit to assist lawmakers in creating uniform policies.
The topics included: taxation, product safety and testing, product availability and advertising, roadside testing, banking and financial service and necessary social justice and equity considerations in the legalization framework.