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New York Marijuana Legalization Likely to Be Delayed

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Governor Cuomo wanted to see recreational marijuana legalized in New York by April 1. Lawmakers are going over his proposal with a fine-toothed comb. Some are pointing out potential flaws in the legislation.

One of the issues from lawmakers is no appropriation of funds for law enforcement regarding drug intoxication experts in the state budget, The Daily Star reports. Some are concerned that this isn’t included considering that stoned driving could become more apparent with legalization. Thomas Mungeer of the New York State Troopers Police Benevolent Association says the state will need 400 drug recognition experts.

Cuomo said, “I’m not ready to give up yet.”

Senator Todd Kaminsky said, “I am extremely concerned that our state is on one hand getting ready to take the revenue from selling marijuana, but is far from ready when it comes to road safety.”

There are also questions surrounding the licensing process, which is described as being an “auction” of sorts. Counties would still be able to “opt-out” if they don’t want recreational marijuana sales taking place within their jurisdictions. Pricing for licenses is also still up in the air since it isn’t known what counties might opt out.

Cuomo has expected hurdles and expects hot debates, but he isn’t willing to throw in the white towel on legalizing recreational marijuana just yet. He’ll likely press the issue until it can’t be pressed any further.