“If there is an opportunity for revenue and regulation, and we can do it in a way that law enforcement can handle it, then that’s a real option,” Cuomo said. “(In the past) I have not supported legalizing marijuana. The situation is changing. I said, let’s do a study.”

“We are now in the midst of a study on what the consequences would be,” the governor said Friday. “As you know, it’s complicated and it’s controversial.”New York State is studying the possibility of legalizing marijuana, even though Gov. Andrew Cuomo has never really favoured the idea and called it a “gateway drug.” But now, with Massachusetts legalizing marijuana and New Jersey considering it, Cuomo may have a change of mind to avoid losing revenue to neighbouring states, reports CBS2’s Marcia Kramer.

Last month New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy announced plans to expand his state’s classifications of medical-use marijuana.

In an odd twist, the governor is getting support from New York City’s First Lady Chirlane McCray.

“I believe we should legalize it, because I don’t think people should be penalized and punished for using it,” she said Friday

New York’s study is expected to be completely by fall.