From the Morning Memo:

Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters on Wednesday his administration was considering a proposal that would send revenue derived from the legalization of marijuana to communities that have been impacted by harsh drug laws.

“I think it’s very important that the wealth that’s generated here, the economic opportunity which should be significant, goes to assist those people who paid the price in the first place,” Cuomo said. “So how do you steer the economic empowerment to the communities that actually paid the price? That’s something we’re working on.”

It’s not yet clear what this would mean or how that money would be distributed and more details may come in Cuomo’s combined budget and State of the State address in the coming weeks.

During the Democratic primary last year, Cuomo’s opponent Cynthia Nixon proposed using the money to provide economic support for communities of color who have disproportionately borne the weight of the war on drugs. Nixon’s framing of this as “reparations” drew criticism at the time.

A number of questions still remain over the state would tax adult use marijuana, though Cuomo has pointed to neighboring states as potential models. A report from the Department of Health last year outlined a potential tax plan as well.

“The how is something we’re talking about right now,” Cuomo said. “I think you have to look at New Jersey and Massachusetts. They are naturally competitors in the marketplace.”

It’s also not entirely clear how much revenue legalized marijuana would actually generate. Additional proposals have called for the revenue to go toward bolstering mass transit in the New York City area.

Still, Cuomo said he didn’t want to tax marijuana to the point where purchasing on the black market is an attractive option.