According to a top lawmaker, legal marijuana discussions with New York’s governor Andrew Cuomo and herself resulted in points of screaming.

In an interview with Spectrum News that was published this week, Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes (D) was asked about the status of budget talks with Cuomo’s office.

She responded, “I’ve talked to him a couple times—I kind of screamed on him a little bit about some of the negotiations we are having regarding the marijuana bill because it is way over time to get that done.”

“There’s really no more red herrings that can be thrown up to make this a reality for New York State,” she added. “So yes, I have pressed on him and I have pressed on his people, and the staff of the Assembly has been working very aggressively with him on this topic. I’m really hopeful that that has happens this time.”

Negotiations are still ongoing.

The governor is in the middle of sexual harassment allegations. In February Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul (D)—who would become governor is Cuomo were to resign or be impeached—told Marijuana Moment in an interview that there would be room for revisions to the current governor’s plan, stating that “much of it is going to be negotiated with the legislature, and all these details can be resolved with their input as well.”

This is the third year in a row that the government has included a legalization proposal in his budget plan.


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