Adult-Use Cannabis Legalization Will Not Happen in New York This Year

New Yorkers will likely have to wait another year before getting legal weed. The state’s governor, Andrew Cuomo, said Tuesday that legalization for recreational marijuana use will not be included in this year’s budget deal. 

“Not likely,” the Democrat said at a press briefing on the COVID-19 pandemic. “Too much, too little time.” Cuomo had included a plan for legalization in his budget proposal. The deadline for the budget is Tuesday, when the state’s fiscal year ends. Cuomo said last month that he doubted legalization could get done outside the budget.

The news marks another disappointment for the legalization effort in the Empire State. In his annual State of the State address in January, Cuomo called for an end to the state’s prohibition on pot. “New York at her best is the progressive capital of the nation, and we must fulfill that destiny again this year,” he said at the time. 

A Long Road To Legal Pot

It was a renewal of a failed effort from the year before, when Cuomo had called for a coordinated cross-state legalization policy with Connecticut. He and Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont held a summit last fall, where Cuomo said they were “serious in this

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