Push to legalize marijuana in New York State continues

June 17, 2019 09:25 AM

The push continues Monday to legalize marijuana in New York State.

There are only three days left in the legislative session, with several key issues on the table.


“I think there is a feeling that one or two things is going to happen. Either legalization of adult use marijuana or the drivers license which was passed in the assembly last week but not in the senate. So I think it is one of those two items,” said Assemblyman John MacDonald.

Earlier in the week the assembly passed legislation to allow illegal immigrants to get drivers licenses. The bill now has to be passed in the senate.

Some state lawmakers say it’s a gamble what will make the cut after Governor Cuomo removed legislation to legalize marijuana from the budget.

“I have concerns, it’s not that it shouldn’t happen. I just want to make sure it is done right,” said Assemblyman John MacDonald.

People for and against legal recreational marijuana say if the governor decides he wants to get it passed this session, he will find a way to do it.

Last week new versions of the senate and assembly bills were introduced they changed a number of key details including an increase to the purposed state tax on marijuana sales and the amount an adult would be able to possess was decreased.

Lawmakers say joint talks between both sides of the aisle have been going on at the Capitol all weekend. They say either way time is up on Wednesday.

“CBD products should be approved by the end of the legislation session this Wednesday. So should the expansion of medical marijuana. Whether adult use marijuana [passes] it is a 50-50 bet right now. I am not a betting person so I am not going to put any money on it but if you want to put a few bucks on it go right ahead,” said MacDonald.


WNYT staff

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