Key New York Lawmaker Says Coronavirus May Spell Doom For Marijuana Legalization In Budget

Key New York Lawmaker Says Coronavirus May Spell Doom For Marijuana Legalization In Budget

The prospect of legalizing marijuana in New York through the budget this year appears increasingly dim, with leading lawmakers indicating that state’s urgent need to contain the coronavirus will overshadow other legislative priorities such as cannabis reform. The sponsor of a comprehensive legalization bill, Sen. Liz Krueger (D), said on Wednesday that she now doesn’t expect lawmakers to reach an agreement to include the policy change in the budget despite Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) repeatedly arguing that the spending legislation is the ideal vehicle to get it done. “I don’t believe marijuana is going to be negotiated in this budget in the next few days,” Krueger, chair of the Senate Finance Committee that’s responsible for budget negotiations, told WMHT. “I just don’t see it as realistic.” Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D), however, said it is too soon to tell what will make it into the budget. “I can’t tell you necessarily what’s in, what’s out. I think we’re all kind of looking at numbers,” he said. “I think that’s kind of where we are. So I can’t tell you what’s in or out at this point.” While the budget technically has an April 1 deadline, lawmakers in recent days have talked about moving it on an expedited basis due to COVD-19, potentially voting as soon as Friday. If cannabis is left out of the spending bill, it will remain to be seen whether lawmakers will continue to pursue legalization through standalone legislation. Marijuana Moment reached out to Krueger’s office for…

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