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New York Leaders “Very Close” To Agreement On Cannabis Legalization

March 16, 2021

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said yesterday that the state’s leaders are drawing “very close” to an agreement on legalizing cannabis in the Empire State. The issue is expected to be handled outside the state budget process and could come up for a vote before the end of the month.

At a news conference yesterday, Cuomo said he’s been working through the legislation with New York Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes, and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie added that state leaders are aiming to get legalization over the finish line within the next two weeks.

Meanwhile, a new New York Senate resolution responding to the Governor’s executive budget submission “omits the Cannabis Regulation and Taxation Act, which if enacted would have increased All Funds revenue by $20 million in SFY 2021-22, but fully supports the MRTA (S.854), which shall be passed outside of the budget process.” A Siena College poll released yesterday showed 59% support for New York’s legalization effort, with 33% opposed.—Daniel Marsteller

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