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Albany Lawmakers Resurrect Legalization Effort With Days Left In Session

June 16, 2019 - 3:00 pm
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ALBANY (WCBS 880) – It’s down to the wire in Albany. With just three days left in this year’s session, there appears to be a last-minute push to legalize marijuana.

Multiple reports indicate that New York State lawmakers are busy hashing out a legalization bill with the legislative session set to end on Wednesday.

A bill would need to be printed Sunday night in order to have a vote on Wednesday.

Several activists were outside Gov. Cuomo’s midtown office on Sunday, hoping to keep the momentum alive.

Ebony Dawson says the most critical part of the bill is reinvestment in communities of color.

“I remember seeing my friends and loved ones and relatives targeted by the police, caught up in a criminal justice system that robbed them of their futures,” she said at the rally.

Dawson wants to make sure the communities get a piece of the industry.

Lawmakers are also reportedly working on getting driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants and ending solitary confinement in state prisons.

A recent pull out of Sienna College found 55 percent of voters across the state support legalization.

Several suburban areas, including Nassau and Suffolk counties, have taken steps to prohibit marijuana sales even if it is legalized.