Today in Albany, the legislative session draws to a close.
“The objections from members are varied, and for every one we satisfy, another objects,” Sen. Diane Savino told Cannabis Wire.
Messages for and against legalization are popping up across the state as the deadline nears to pass an adult use bill.
Proposed legislation isn’t intended to bypass the FDA’s forthcoming national regulations. But with CBD products already on shelves, lawmakers can’t wait.
Senate President Steve Sweeney announced that legalization would be punted to voters in 2020. Meanwhile, a compromise comes together in New York.
“I think we have to be careful on taxes, because this is an incredibly economical, or cheap, product to make,” said the assistant counsel of Governor Cuomo for Health.
Senator Diane Savino, an influential voice in the cannabis debate, explains how adult use lost steam, why home grow is unlikely, and for which far-ranging medical reforms she’ll push.
Days after legalization stalled in New York, state leaders emphasized equitable legislation at a community talk in Queens, New York.
With three working days before the April 1 budget deadline, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was criticized for putting the brakes on the state’s fast-moving adult-use legalization bill in the Democrat-controlled statehouse.
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.