Schumer Weighs In On New York Legal Marijuana Talks, Applauding Legislature And Snubbing Cuomo

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Amid protracted negotiations between New York state lawmakers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) over how to legalize marijuana in the state, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is siding with the legislature. In a statement posted to Twitter late Tuesday, Schumer thanked New York Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes (D) and Sen. Liz Krueger (D), the lawmakers behind the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA), adding that he’s “hopeful a deal can be reached soon that will provide a boost to our recovering economy and end over-criminalization.” “As a deal comes close to getting done,” Schumer said, “I urge our leaders in Albany to keep front and center the effort to repair the harm done by marijuana prohibition.” On the efforts to achieve marijuana reform in NY: I'm urging leaders in Albany to keep front & center the effort to repair the harm done by prohibition And I look forward to continuing the fight to end the federal prohibition on marijuana and undo the damage of the War on Drugs pic.twitter.com/8dEp6Mifp7 — Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) March 17, 2021 Legislative leaders in recent weeks have been working to get Cuomo on board with their proposal, which advocates say is far stronger on racial justice than the plan the governor included in his budget. While both sides have repeatedly stressed that a deal is imminent, they’ve also acknowledged running into snags along the way. Last week talking turned into screaming, according to Peoples-Stokes, and on Tuesday a top senator said the negotiations “reached a little bit of an impasse” over a provision related to impaired driving. Schumer said he was “glad that all sides are working hard to push this over the finish line” but did not mention Cuomo by name. The governor is currently embroiled in a number of scandals,…

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