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Sponsor says NY bill to legalize recreational pot won't pass

In this April 20, 2016, file photo, a man smokes a marijuana joint at a party celebrating weed in Seattle. In this April 20, 2016, file photo, a man smokes a marijuana joint at a party celebrating weed in Seattle. | Photo: AP Photo / Elaine Thompson, File.

June 19, 2019 12:23 PM

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The sponsor of a bill that would legalize recreational marijuana in New York says the proposal will not pass this session.

State Sen. Liz Krueger issued a statement Wednesday saying the legislature "came very close to crossing the finish line, but we ran out of time."

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The Democrat says it "means countless more New Yorkers will have their lives up-ended by unnecessary and racially disparate enforcement measures before we inevitably legalize."

Krueger also says lawmakers made "great strides" toward improving the bill through months of conversation and negotiations.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo cast doubt earlier this month that legislation legalizing recreational marijuana in New York would pass before lawmakers adjourn.

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