- New York Governor’s Adult-Use Cannabis Legalization Proposal Cut from State Budget
- New York’s cannabis advocates had a renewed sense of hope at the dawn of the new year, when Gov. Andrew Cuomo vowed in his January State of the State address to renew his push to legalize adult-use in 2020 after last year’s legalization efforts stalled in the legislature.
- Cuomo seemed to be making good on his promise when he included a plan to legalize and tax adult-use cannabis in his initial state budget proposal in January, but as the COVID-19 outbreak turned into a global pandemic and the April 1 deadline to approve the sprawling budget loomed, hope that legalization could be accomplished through the budget process
- Cuomo told reporters March 31 that it was not likely that the legalization proposal would be included in the final budget, according to a New York Post report , adding that there was too much to accomplish and too little time.
- As in many other areas of the country, the COVID-19 crisis has stolen the spotlight in New York, and Cuomo has been placing his attention on the virus since the state’s first confirmed case was reported March 1, the New York Post reported.
- I think everyone is just focused on one thing right now, Joshua Horn, partner at Fox Rothschild , told Cannabis Business Times .
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