Gallivan: Marijuana Vote to Come After the Budget

State senator says Cuomo had indications of dropping legalization from budget

Tom Puckett
March 22, 2019 - 4:00 am

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Buffalo, NY (WBEN) With the state budget due in a week and a half, one state senator says it appears a vote to legalize marijuana will have to wait.

"The governor made an announcement he's taking the proposal out of the budget, which I think is appropriate," says State Senator Patrick Gallivan, who believes such proposals should be voted only after discussion and debate. "Things could change from day to day, but the indication I'm getting is we could see this vote later in the session."

"From what I'm observing, there are more people in Albany who want the adult marijuana use to become legal. I think though, the decisions being based on, tax revenues or social injustice, are wrongly placed. We've gotta look at public health and public safety and is there enough research to support it, and right now, I don't think there is," says Gallivan.

Gallivan does believe the legislature will approve marijuana legalization before this year's session ends.

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