2018 Midterm Results Boost Odds for Legal Cannabis in New York

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In the Nov. 6 midterm election, the Democratic Party won 35 of the New York State Senate’s 63 seats, wresting control of the chamber from Republicans who have led it for much of the last century. Over the past few years, the GOP control of the Senate in an increasingly blue state has notoriously been a source of paralysis in Albany. With this logjam broken, many New Yorkers are anticipating smooth sailing for a progressive agenda in 2019 — including cannabis legalization.

Also, Gov. Andrew Cuomo sailed to a third term, handily defeating his Republican challenger Marcus Molinaro, the Dutchess County executive. In his victory speech at a Midtown Manhattan hotel, Cuomo hailed New York as the “progressive capital” of the nation and a citadel against the policies of Donald Trump (himself a New Yorker, ironically).

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