With all the focus on the COVID-19 and the rampant outbreak across the state, we might have forgotten that there was a state budget deadline. One major issue on the drawing board is the legalization of recreational marijuana. This has been a movement that many have passionately fought for years. In January, it really looked like it was going to happen. Now, not so much.

Governor Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday that New York is not likely to legalize marijuana this year. With the fiscal year looming, Cuomo said a deal was "not likely" , and that it was "Too much, too little time.".

While he said recently that it was a top priority, the Governor feels the only way to get recreational weed approved is through the budget, not as a standalone measure. He has called the entire process one of the most complicated issues he has faced.

He even met with New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont to discuss a plan about marijuana last October. 

The Governor's main focus has obviously been on the unprecedented COVID-19 outbreak that has hit New York especially hard. as of March 31, there are at least 66,497 total positive cases across the state.

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