Senate President Steve Sweeney announced that legalization would be punted to voters in 2020. Meanwhile, a compromise comes together in New York.
State Senator Diane Savino tells Cannabis Wire that legalization could be stalled for three years, and that “unless something changes within the next 36-48 hours, we will miss the opportunity to make New York the next state to adopt an adult use program.”
Still, Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes tells Cannabis Wire she hopes to overcome an impasse with Gov. Andrew Cuomo this month.
Lawmakers’ budget hearing focused on the interplay between medical and adult use regulations, and protecting opportunities for New Yorkers.
New York Senator Diane Savino, an architect of the state’s medical-cannabis law, has plenty to say about the governor’s ideas for recreational legalization.
And a new cannabis office would hold significant sway over all cannabis and hemp matters, the new budget analysis suggests.
New York’s governor unveiled early cannabis legalization details among a host of other priorities in his “State of the State” speech Tuesday.
New York’s governor is expected to reveal legalization details on Tuesday, and his apparent embrace of progressive ideals when it comes to cannabis has reform advocates and lawmakers hopeful.
Cuomo’s first-ever expression of support for cannabis legalization Monday emphasized criminal justice.
As state officials craft a legalization bill, a question recurs among advocates: when the cannabis industry blooms, who gets a slice of the pie?
Last month, Cannabis Wire reported that Governor Andrew Cuomo accepted nearly $100,000 from two of the largest cannabis companies in the country. But Cuomo received more money from the industry than his campaign finance disclosures showed.
Unlike Cynthia Nixon, NY Gov. Cuomo has not voiced support for legalization, but he has accepted nearly $100,000 from big cannabis industry players