After twice whiffing on attempts to fully legalize cannabis, New York seems destined to become one of the next states to reach the milestone. That’s the takeaway from an announcement released on Jan. 6 by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The statement came on the same day Georgia swung the U.S. Senate to the Democrats and a mob attacked the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C., so the news was lost somewhat in the shuffle. But its significance is hard to overstate: New York is the nation’s fourth-largest state by population, with 19.4 million people. 

This is the third consecutive year New York has considered legalization. Two previous attempts having been foiled by arguments over issues surrounding licensing and revenue distribution. But 2021 is…

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