Effort Builds To Legalize Marijuana In New York State

(Albany, NY) -- The halls of the state Capitol will be filled again this week as lawmakers return to Albany for their 2020 session. One pressing issue they'll need to address is a roughly six-billion dollar budget gap that was mostly caused by four-billion dollars in Medicaid overspending. The governor's office hasn't said whether he's in favor of raising taxes to cut the deficit.

Another item on the Legislature's agenda is expected to be marijuana legalization. Last year the effort to legalize recreational pot stalled as lawmakers still had many questions. The momentum could build for marijuana legalization this year as elected officials look for more revenue. This year's legislative session runs from Wednesday until June 2nd.

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