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Cuomo ‘Nervous’ About Gathering Votes For Recreational Cannabis Legislation

Cuomo made the comment during an interview with radio station WXXI Friday

Gov. Andrew Cuomo fears legislation to legalize recreational marijuana may be in trouble.

The governor said during an interview with Rochester public radio station WXXI Friday that he was “nervous” about lawmakers asking for his assistance. He was asked if he would help gather votes for marijuana before the end of the legislative session.

“The [state] Senate said they supported it and said they had the votes,” Cuomo said. “When they now say, ‘We need the governor to come in to make this happen,’ that’s a different tune they are singing.”

Cuomo, despite previous opposition to legal marijuana, pushed for the measure to be included in the state budget this year. Legal marijuana was a plank of his agenda for the first 100 days of his third term. But the issue was pushed from negotiations before the budget passed April 1.


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