Recreational pot may not have votes to pass state legislature

May 28, 2019 06:45 AM

ALBANY, N.Y. (WHEC) — There has been broad support for recreational pot among top New York state lawmakers, but now some are questioning if there are enough vote for it to pass in the Assembly.

"There may not be enough, and there may not have been, and there may not have ever have been. There was never a vote count taken on this," Assemblyman Robin Schimminger, a Democrat from Kenmore, told WGRZ.

Last week, lawmakers tweaked the current legislation to decrease the amount of pot a person could legally have and to raise taxes on what was originally proposed.

Sen. Tim Kennedy, a Democrat, is optimistic after seeing the changes.

"Nothing would shock me if it fell of the table, but my hope is that we will be able to get it done and move forward," said Kennedy.

Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes says the measure is "making progress."

Lawmakers go back to Albany tomorrow. The session wraps up June 19, but there are just 13 working legislative days to get a deal done.


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