Many supporters of legalizing recreational marijuana in New York say they're still optimistic that lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo can work out a deal this year. But time is beginning to run out.
Cuomo initially wanted a provision legalizing cannabis to be included in the state budget passed April 1. He withdrew it after it became obvious lawmakers couldn't resolve thorny questions about the details of the legislation.
Now, those same devilish details could prevent a vote before lawmakers wrap up their session next month.
"The time for squabbling over details is over," said Kassandra Frederique, New York state director for the Drug Policy Alliance. "We need action from the Democratic majority. Marijuana legalization needs to pass during this legislative session. Period."