Top New York Lawmaker Says Legal Marijuana Talks With Governor Reached Point Of Screaming

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Meetings between New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) and a top lawmaker have gotten contentious in recent days. But the conversations haven’t focused on the slew of scandals surrounding the governor that are making headlines; rather, they’ve concentrated on negotiations over marijuana legalization. During an interview with Spectrum News that was published on Tuesday, Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes (D) was asked about the status of budget talks with the governor’s office. She said “I’ve talked to him a couple times—I kind of screamed on him a little bit about some of the negotiations we are having regarding the marijuana bill because it is way over time to get that done.” “There’s really no more red herrings that can be thrown up to make this a reality for New York State,” she said. “So yes, I have pressed on him and I have pressed on his people, and the staff of the Assembly has been working very aggressively with him on this topic. I’m really hopeful that that has happens this time.” Cuomo has talked repeatedly about the need to enact legalization through the budget, but his plan differs in significant ways from a bill that’s been introduced in the legislature and has the backing of major advocacy groups. And while negotiations are ongoing, some have been left wondering if recent allegations by former aides accusing the governor of sexual harassment would derail the process and again delay cannabis reform. On the other hand, there’s a line of thinking that Cuomo’s dual scandals concerning the harassment allegations and blame over discrepancies in nursing home data on coronavirus deaths could embolden lawmakers to do exactly what Peoples-Stokes has proposed in the past: approve her Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA) first and then negotiate details on a final plan with the…

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