Top New York Lawmaker Says Pass Legislature’s Marijuana Legalization Bill Before Governor Negotiations

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A top New York lawmaker said on Wednesday that the legislature should first move to pass a marijuana legalization bill that she introduced before entering into any negotiations with the governor’s office about the separate cannabis plan he recently unveiled. While Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) included a proposal to legalize adult-use marijuana in his latest budget request released this month, several provisions of the measure have already proved controversial with advocates and would likely lead to a standoff with legislative leaders. To prevent another breakdown in negotiations over the details—as has happened the last two times the governor put legalization in his budget request—Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes (D) said the legislature should start by passing her legislation and then work with Cuomo’s office to find a middle ground. “In some ways I’m pleased that the governor has submitted a proposal again,” she told Spectrum News. “But I do think that, in all honesty, this is the third time that he’s done this, and so I think the proper thing for us to do as a legislature is to approve the bill that [Sen. Liz Krueger (D)] and I’ve been carrying for the last six years.” “I think we should approve our bill on the floor and then we should begin negotiating with the governor to get through the budget process,” she said. A final New York budget is due to be enacted by April 1, meaning that the top assemblymember wants lawmakers to pass the legislature’s own legalization bill within the next several weeks. “The governor has taken an action,” she said. “Now I think it’s critical for the legislature to take an action. And then based on that we should begin the negotiations to see what we come out with.” Peoples-Stokes outlined some of the specific issues she…

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