Time Is Running Out for New York to Legalize Recreational Marijuana This Year
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Time Is Running Out for New York to Legalize Recreational Marijuana This Year

Unresolved questions about the details of the legislation could prevent a vote before lawmakers wrap up their session next month.

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May 13, 2019

Many supporters of legalizing recreational marijuana in New York say they're still optimistic that lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo can work out a deal this year. But time is beginning to run out.

Cuomo initially wanted a provision legalizing cannabis to be included in the state budget passed April 1. He withdrew it after it became obvious lawmakers couldn't resolve thorny questions about the details of the legislation.

Now, those same devilish details could prevent a vote before lawmakers wrap up their session next month.

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