Monday, while addressing budget issues, Governor Andrew Cuomo said he isn’t sure if legislation to legalize marijuana in New York will be included in this year’s budget.
Marijuana legalization was among the items the governor planned to get done in the first 100 days of his third term.
The governor called for the legislation to be included in the budget — where the state often bundles together big or controversial bills.
But, speaking Monday, the governor says he isn’t sure if the bill will be included in the budget legislation, which is due by April 1.
The governor says there is a “wide divide” on the issues and he isn’t confident if they will be able to reach an agreement in time for approval.
State Senator Bob Antonacci told NewsChannel 9 he does not support the proposal, but until it is stricken from the budget, the Governor could be posturing to place pressure on lawmakers to get it passed.
If it’s not included in the budget, lawmakers would have until the end of the session in the summer to put together an independent bill for legalization or it may not get done until 2020.
According to WNYC reporter Fred Mogul, Governor Cuomo says he believes lawmakers will eventually reach an agreement, “but not in the next two weeks.”