Governor Andrew Cuomo says he doesn’t think counties who opt out of marijuana legislation will impact the bill’s likelihood for approval.
The bill is still up for consideration and alterations in the state legislature. The governor had hoped to pass it as part of the budget, but it appears that is less likely.
The governor says he still has high hopes of legalizing recreational marijuana despite the fact a growing number of counties say they are considering opting out of the program.
Governor Cuomo says most of the large counties planning to opt out are in downstate. He says it may complicate things within the state legislator, but he doesn’t think it’ll be a determinant.
None of the counties in our area have made a final decision on the legislation, saying they want to see the final bill before making a call. Tuesday afternoon, the governor says the measure is complicated and knew from day one it would be controversial.
Opting out only means prohibiting selling — possession would be permitted if passed. Counties opting out could then experience all of the problems of marijuana legalization, but reap none of the revenue benefits.