ALBANY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – With the legislative session coming to an end mid-week, a last-minute push is underway to legalize recreational marijuana in New York State.

Despite meeting with members of the Senate and Assembly over the weekend, Gov. Andrew Cuomo says there still isn’t a firm proposal in place.

The main issue?

“What’s the right of the locality? Does the locality have a voice in the decision,” Cuomo said on a radio show Monday morning. “Does New York state say Yonkers must do this or do they give the locality the option, and does the locality have the option to opt in or opt out in terms of the market?”

Cuomo acknowledges while New York City is in favor of recreational marijuana, parts of Long Island think it will make the opioid crisis worse.

In March, Nassau County released the findings of a task force created to study the impact of legalizing pot. It found that treatment providers were unanimous in expressing concerns about minors, those with mental health disorders, and “a treatment system strained to the breaking point by the heroin and opioid crisis.”

In January, Nassau’s police commissioner spoke out against legalization, saying “Now we’re going to legalize marijuana not knowing how long that stays in your system.”

According to a Siena Research Institute poll released last week, New York voters polled are supportive of legalizing the recreation use of marijuana, 55 to 40 percent.

But time is running out. The legislative session ends Wednesday.

A new bill normally needs three days of public review before a vote, so Cuomo would have to decree this a “special necessity” to rush it to the floor by Wednesday.

Earlier this month, Cuomo said he would sign a bill if it passed the legislature, but he didn’t think the votes were there. Now, that may have changed.

So what’s changed?

“You’re right, we’ve had a number of different twists and turns and people saying they support it then don’t support it, then do support it. But to me dealing with a legislative body, whether it’s New York state legislature or federal legislature, you don’t know what they’re going to do until they do it,” Cuomo said.

So basically he says he still doesn’t know if they have the votes, CBS2’s Alice Gainer reported.

Another question they’re trying to iron out: If there’s a local opt-out rule, does that mean county or village?

Comments (2)
  1. Lourdes Sita says:

    Who will speak up for the NON. Smokers Who are being suffocated inside of their own apartments with Marijuana smoke ?..
    Its not fair I pay my rent just like the Marijuana Smokers and i deserve to be able to be comfortable in my apartment without smelling Marijuana all day sometimes and all night ,thats all Im saying.
    I respect their right to puff themselves into an early grave but who is going to protect my right to a smoke free apartment,FIAR IS FAIR n this is not fair

  2. Brian Kelly says:

    Marijuana consumers deserve and demand equal rights and protections under our laws that are currently afforded to the drinkers of far more dangerous and deadly, yet perfectly legal, widely accepted, endlessly advertised and even glorified as an All-American pastime, alcohol.

    Plain and simple!

    Legalize Nationwide!

    It’s time for us, the majority of The People to take back control of our national marijuana policy. By voting OUT of office any and all politicians who very publicly and vocally admit to having an anti-marijuana, prohibitionist agenda! Time to vote’em all OUT of office. Period. Plain and simple.

    Politicians who continue to demonize Marijuana, Corrupt Law Enforcement Officials who prefer to ruin peoples lives over Marijuana possession rather than solve real crimes who fund their departments toys and salaries with monies acquired through Marijuana home raids, seizures and forfeitures, and so-called “Addiction Specialists” who make their income off of the judicial misfortunes of our citizens who choose marijuana, – Your actions go against The Will of The People and Your Days In Office Are Numbered! Find new careers before you don’t have one.

    The People have spoken! Get on-board with Marijuana Legalization Nationwide, or be left behind and find new careers. Your choice.

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