Key New York Senator Says No Need To Rush Marijuana Legalization Amid Coronavirus

Key New York Senator Says No Need To Rush Marijuana Legalization Amid Coronavirus

New York lawmakers will likely have to take up marijuana legalization after the coronavirus threat it neutralized, a key senator told Marijuana Moment on Friday. While Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) has urged legislators to include legalization language in the annual budget, the pandemic has shifted legislative priorities. Sen. Liz Krueger (D), the sponsor of a recently revised reform bill, signaled earlier this week that the state’s need to respond to the public health crisis would mean that advancing legalization through the budget ahead of an April 1 deadline would not be achievable. In a new statement to Marijuana Moment, she said the legislature and governor “are deeply engaged in ensuring we quickly pass a budget that meets the immediate needs of our state as we face this crisis,” but cannabis reform may not make the cut. “Assembly [Majority Leader] Peoples-Stokes and I have put forward what I believe to be the best proposal to achieve marijuana legalization, and I would be happy to see the Governor include it in his budget,” she said. “However, while it is important that we end marijuana prohibition as soon as possible, it is also important that it be done the right way.” “If that cannot be achieved in the midst of a public health crisis, then we will all be better off waiting. There is no reason we cannot negotiate and pass a nation-leading legalization model when the crisis is over,” Krueger said. Cuomo, who has said the budget is the best vehicle to…

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