Legalizing Marijuana May Be Too Complicated For New York Lawmakers To Do Via Zoom, Governor Says

Legalizing Marijuana May Be Too Complicated For New York Lawmakers To Do Via Zoom, Governor Says

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said on Saturday that while lawmakers could theoretically pass marijuana legalization legislation remotely via online meeting software such as Zoom during the coronavirus pandemic, he wouldn’t necessarily advise it because of the complex nature of the issue. During a press conference, the governor was asked about the prospects of legalizing cannabis amid the health crisis after the legislature failed to accomplish it in the state budget. He responded that “it’s totally up to them” and noted that legislators are hard at work despite not being able to convene at the capitol. “From a taxpayer’s point of view, if they think their assemblyperson or senator isn’t working because they’re not here, they have to think again,” Cuomo said. “They’re working. They’re working probably harder than they normally work.” That said, adult-use marijuana legalization could prove too complicated to tackle remotely, he indicated. “In terms of passing legislation remotely, they can do that. That’s up to them,” the governor said. “As far as getting into a very complex issue that requires real analysis and real data and trying do to that on Zoom conferences, I don’t know that that’s the best way to do it, but that’s up to them also.” The year started off with a strong push from Cuomo to enact legalization through the budget. But as the virus spread and legislative priorities shifted, it became increasingly clear that the legislature wouldn’t be able to reach an agreement on the policy change ahead of…

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