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Gov. Cuomo now hopeful for legal marijuana by June

Legalizing recreational marijuana in New York will not be done in concert with the state budget for 2020, an aide to Governor Cuomo said Wednesday.

This comes after the Democratic governor said Tuesday that legislators in Albany are signaling that the legalization will be done separate from the budget. Since the budget is due by April 1, the agreement will not be in place in time to meet that deadline.

The governor had originally said he was optimistic that marijuana would be made legal in this year’s budget.

The plan was to use the revenue from taxing marijuana to fund improvements to the MTA.

Some counties are opposed to or undecided about legalizing recreational marijuana in the state. Long Island counties have opted out and Monroe and Wayne Counties are debating their decisions.

Cuomo said he is hopeful that it passes by June.

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