NY gov drops adult-use marijuana from budget, but bullish on legalization outlook

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Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday a bill legalizing adult-use cannabis won’t be included in the state’s budget due April 1, but he predicted state lawmakers could come to an agreement on a measure by June.

The comments in an interview with WNYC radio’s Brian Lehrer weren’t a surprise given Cuomo indicated last week that a “wide divide” on the issue likely would delay the measure.

Still, the comments come as New Jersey lawmakers are poised to vote on adult-use legalization as soon as Monday – although passage there is far from assured.

New York and New Jersey are in a race of sorts to take early advantage of the tax revenues that would be generated from legal marijuana sales to tourists and residents in the region.

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