Cuomo Says Talks On Legalizing Marijuana In New York Will Continue ‘Over The Weekend,’ Despite Scandals

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s (D) political future might be murky as he faces an increasing number of calls for resignation in response to sexual harassment allegations. But a bill to legalize marijuana is still in play, with the governor saying on Friday that he and lawmakers are “making good progress” on negotiations and will continue work on it “over the weekend.” This comes as legislative leaders are preparing action on a reform measure that’s being described as a compromise, with Cuomo at the table. The plan is to hold a vote on a legalization bill before the April 1 budget deadline, giving legislators about two weeks to advance it. What the legislation will look like is yet to be seen. Advocates have pushed for a bill sponsored by Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes (D) and Senate Finance Chairwoman Liz Krueger (D) that they feel more effectively addresses issues such as social equity compared to the plan rolled out by the governor as part of his budget request. “We’ve been working on a marijuana bill. I’ve had a number of conversations with members,” Cuomo said during a press briefing on Friday. “The staff is working on it over this weekend. We’ve been making good progress.” Krueger echoed that point in a recent interview with Bloomberg, saying lawmakers are “working hard on a three-way agreed upon bill that could pass the legislature before we get to the budget.” She added: “I feel like we are 95 percent there. We have taken some big steps towards getting this done.” A state budget spokesperson also said that the “administration is working with all parties to pass a comprehensive regulatory structure for adult-use cannabis that prioritizes social equity, social justice, economic development, and the public health and safety of all New Yorkers.” There’s been…

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