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Recreational marijuana gains support in state Senate

WHECTV
Created: January 24, 2020 07:00 AM

ALBANY, N.Y. (WHEC) — The debate over legalizing recreational pot in New York is moving to a new focus. 

The biggest sticking point: what the state will do with the revenue?

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo's new recreational pot proposal would tax sales at 20%.

The measure gained traction in the Senate Thursday.

A key senator from Westchester County says he would support the measure as long as 25% of the revenue goes to drug treatment and safety-net programs. The Senate met those demands Thursday.

The state legislature has to approve a plan by April 1 if adult use has any chance of making it into the new state budget.


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