By Angela Underwood
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont are ready to talk legal cannabis and e-cigarettes.
The two state leaders are meeting Thursday, Oct. 17 at Gov. Cuomo’s Pot Summit to discuss a provincial approach regarding vaping and recreational marijuana, so the two states can create mutual policies for controversial topics.
“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 press release.
“We not only do we share borders, but we share economic interests, public health priorities, and a joint understanding that the more states work together on these kinds of issues, the better the policy results will be for our residents,” Lamont added.
The governors will join by law enforcement and state health officials, as well as policymakers from both New York and Connecticut. It’s rumored New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy may also attend the summit, which will include recreational marijuana discussions on several topics, including product safety, taxation, advertising, roadside testing, banking services.
As for vaping concerns, officials plan “to identify ways to augment New York’s and Connecticut’s imminent under-21 restrictions on the sale of vaping products and discuss expanding to Connecticut the ban on flavored vaping products,” reports Gov. Cuomo’s office.
“I thank Governor Lamont for working together on this issue and look forward to advancing this conversation during the upcoming summit,” Cuomo said.