Cuomo: State budget will not include legalizing marijuana

March 20, 2019 07:15 AM

NEW YORK (WHEC) - A big blow for people who were hoping recreational pot would be legalized in New York state soon. The plan to legalize recreational use has been cut from the state budget that's due in less than two weeks.

This comes after another call from school leaders and lawmakers Tuesday. They want more time to study the impact.

Advertisement – Content Continues Below

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said even though it won't be in the budget, pot could still be legalized this year.

"After the budget, I'm hopeful that the legislative session it passes. Post-budget, before June," he said.

In a Siena Poll of registered New York voters released on Monday, 53 percent of people who responded supported legalization, with 43 percent against.

Cuomo is warning lawmakers the state needs revenue from marijuana sales to help balance the budget. He says taxes from pot could bring in $300 million over three years.


Copyright 2019 - WHEC-TV, LLC A Hubbard Broadcasting Company

Relay Media Amp

We no longer have Facebook comments on this site. Please visit our Facebook Page to join the conversation.