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NY Governor Cuomo says there will be no quick vote on legal marijuana

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks before signing the Child Victims Act in New York.Seth Wenig/Associated Press/File/Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says it could take longer than he had hoped to legalize recreational marijuana in New York.

The Democrat told reporters Monday that while he still supports legalization he’s not confident lawmakers will include it in the state budget, which is due April 1.

Cuomo said there are too many details on legalization that have to be agreed upon.

Lawmakers could take up legalization in separate measures before they adjourn in June. If not, it’s questionable if legalization will happen this year.

Cuomo had wanted legalization to be included in the budget.

Democratic Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie expressed similar doubts about the timeline in January, saying lawmakers shouldn’t rush the measure.


Supporters want lawmakers to act quickly to catch up to states such as Massachusetts that have already legalized recreational marijuana.