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Details on legal recreational marijuana could delay vote

Details on legal recreational marijuana could delay vote

May 13, 2019 07:45 AM

ALBANY, N.Y. (WHEC) — Lawmakers say details over the bill to legalize recreational marijuana in New York state are holding it up.

One issue at hand: will the bill clean the records of those arrested for pot in the past? Another sticking point is how weed would be regulated.

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Last Friday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the state Senate asked him to come in and respond to the issue. He believes they don't have the votes to pass the bill...

However, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul remains optimistic.

"If history is any guide, we also know that a lot of decisions go up literally in the last hours when there's more pressure," Hochul said. "We have to prepare to ... make sure that we protect young people and the safety in our roads as well as making sure that we don't have a criminal justice system that continues to punish people and treat as a crime something that's completely legal in other states."

Originally, legalizing pot was expected to be included in the state budget, passed by April 1. When that didn't happen, the new goal was to get it done by the end of the legislative session on June 19.

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