Gov. Andrew Cuomo

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Cuomo Puts Some Blame On NJ For NY's Legal Pot Failures

June 03, 2019 - 2:36 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880/AP) -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo is citing a lack of political action in Trenton as one of the factors in Albany's unwillingness to give the green light to legalize weed in New York state.

"When New Jersey didn't pass it, some of the wind came out of the political sail," Cuomo said Monday.

He told reporters that he doesn't believe there is sufficient support to pass the measure in the state Senate.

"I don't think it is feasible at this point, I don't think it matters how much I push in 11 days. I think when the Senate says we don't have the votes, I take them at the word," Cuomo said. "And when they say if the Assembly passes it first, which they probably never would, and if the governor did a full throated campaign, then maybe I could pass it, you know they're telling you something."

Cuomo says that he backs the legalization of marijuana but that the issue remains controversial for many legislators.

Lawmakers insist they're not giving up on passing legalization before they adjourn June 19. Last week, Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, a Democrat from Yonkers, said lawmakers are working to find compromises.
Despite broad support for legalization, there are disagreements about the regulatory details and whether the bill should include provisions expunging past low-level pot convictions.