It is official: New York has reduce its adult-use cannabis legalization measure from the state’s price range bill for the upcoming fiscal year, which starts April 1.
Throughout an interview earlier this week with WNYC’s Brian Lehrer, Gov. Andrew Cuomo was of two minds: He sought each to stay constructive, claiming that legalization will pass by June, even though also conceding that the bill may possibly turn into far more hard to pass outdoors of the price range.
“When it is not accomplished in the price range, then it is, in my opinion, tougher to do as a standalone bill due to the fact it is now just marijuana with a capital ‘M,’” Cuomo mentioned, echoing state Sen. Diane Savino’s remarks earlier this week that legislators who represent conservative components of the state may possibly not be in a position to afford to help an adult-use bill that is not tucked inside a price range.
Opting Out: Not a Concern
When Lehrer asked Cuomo about the New York counties that have currently announced preemptive plans to ban cannabis sales, the governor argued they will not comply with by means of (while California’s track record, for 1, tells a unique story).
“I do not believe it is determinative,” Cuomo mentioned. “It does make a distinction on the statewide revenues, and it will expense these municipalities, localities that opt out due to the fact then they would not get the nearby share of the revenues.”
“For us, [recreational] marijuana is a somewhat new situation,” the governor pointed out, apparently in reference to the bumpy road the legislation has taken. “It definitely began with my proposal this year, but [legislators] have signaled that they want far more time to speak about it,” he added, most likely nodding to pushback that the bill does not sufficiently address queries of diversity and equity.
Cuomo: ‘We’ll Get It Carried out This Year’
In spite of these roadblocks, Cuomo insisted that he thinks the bill will pass by June, for the duration of the present legislative session. “I think we’ll get it accomplished this year,” he mentioned.
“I mentioned from Day 1 that the marijuana situation was going to be controversial,” Cuomo acknowledged. Despite the fact that the path forward for legal cannabis in New York remains unclear, on this point the governor was indisputably right.