It's Not Easy To Legalize Pot, Governor SaysPosted: Updated:
Legalizing marijuana could be more complicated than it sounds.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo went public with an update Monday, saying there is a wide divide on marijuana.
"We must get there," he said. "I don't believe we get there in two weeks."
That implies legalizing marijuana might not happen as part of the new state budget, as he originally proposed.
"We've tried to do this for seven years," he said. "The Republican Senate would never do it. We now have Democrats, we are sure they are going to do it. The concerns don't go away just because you elected Democrats. The district attorneys still call up and say 'I have a problem,' the sheriffs call up and say 'I have a problem,' the police departments call up and say 'I have a problem" -- it's not that Democrats are immune to the concerns of law enforcement."
A new state budget is due April 1. If marijuana is not part of it, lawmakers could take up legalization in separate measures before they adjourn in June.
If not, it's questionable if legalization will happen this year.