Cuomo Not Ready To Move On Medical Marijuana

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Despite an apparent movement by some lawmakers to push for legalizing medical marijuana this year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said today he still has questions about the proposal and any resolution likely won’t occur before the end of the legislative session in late June.

“I understand the benefits, but there are also risks. And I think the risks outweigh the benefits at this point,” Cuomo told reporters in Utica after giving a speech on the recently approved state budget.

The effort by Democrats to legalize medical marijuana has been around for years. Sixteen states allow for some form of legalization.

The Democratic-led Assembly has passed the bill twice, but it hasn’t gotten through the Republican-led Senate. The Wall Street Journal reported today that there’s a renewed effort to get a deal in the Senate, with Sen. Diane Savino, a Staten Island Democrat and member of the Independent Democratic Conference, leading the charge.

But Cuomo said the issue is complex and would require additional study.

“I don’t believe there is going to be time this legislative session to look at that issue,” Cuomo said, “because that issue is going to take a great deal of time to analyze it properly. And we’re down to the next few weeks here.”

The Legislature returns from a two-week break on April 17. The session ends June 21.

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  1. Maynard G. Krebs on

    Little wonder that all the ex-hippies and bong bozos in the Assembly are all for this one.

  2. Yes! I agree Mr.Govornor! Sir! Meanwhile, please don’t let My County’s ( Rockand County, NY )…Special Task Force on Narcotics retire in disguises of majority!

    The Rule of Law does not need Majority Approvals, Ratings etc., its The Law and It’s Enforcement Under the Clause and Preamble to Our Nation’s Constitution’s promises of maintenance of “Tranquility” in “Pursuits of Happiness” of Our Sacred Declaration of Independence!

    So help You, Me and Our Nation’s Accuman God!
    HABIBHASAN-An American Storyteller.