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Cuomo says marijuana bill still possible

Mar 27, 2019 12:15 pm
Denis Slattery is reporting for the Daily News marijuana legalization is still a possibility, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said March 26. A day after New Jersey lawmakers failed to vote on a bill legalizing recreational marijuana, Cuomo said he and leaders in the state Legislature are still discussing the possibility of including a measure in the state budget. However, he is not counting on any revenue coming from the sale of cannabis. “Let’s be clear, it is on the table and we’re still talking about it,” Cuomo told WNYC’s Brian Lehrer. "I have not counted the revenue in my budget.” As the April 1 budget deadline loomed, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie has warned that legalization is a complex issue that may need to be addressed in a stand-alone bill, but some lawmakers are concerned about attaching their names to a stand-alone bill. Democrat state Sen. Diane Savino from Staten Island warned that time is short for an adult use bill to get into the budget. "It is complicated, but the staff is making good progress and hopefully, public comments to the contrary, they’ll be able to lock it down,” she said. Read the full story in the Daily News.