New York State Dems Want to Legalize Medical Marijuana to Help Plug Budget Gap

ALBANY – Senate Democrats are counting on a pot of gold!

They want to legalize medical marijuana as a way to generate nearly $15 million in licensing fees to help plug the state’s $9 billion budget gap.

“It is the right thing to do and there is revenue attached to it,” said state Sen. Thomas Duane (D-
Manhattan). Duane and Assemblyman Richard Gottfried (D-Manhattan) are behind the plan to make
it legal for folks with serious medical woes to score limited amounts of weed from state-certified
distributors – or grow it themselves.

The Senate still needs to approve the provision, though Dems included revenue projections from the
sale of medical marijuana in their 2010-2011 budget proposal. “It’s ludicrous,” needled Sen. Martin Golden (R-Brooklyn).

Golden and other Republicans said the Democrats’ budget proposal is laden with one-time-only
gimmicks, including raising $700 million through the refinancing of tobacco bonds first issued in

The $136.2 billion plan contains most of the spending cuts proposed by Gov. Paterson, but rejects new taxes on cigarettes and sugary sodas. Paterson was pleased the Senate accepted his cuts, but worried their revenues were unrealistic.

“One of the things we’re going to have to avoid in this process is creating revenues that aren’t real,” Paterson said.


2 responses to “New York State Dems Want to Legalize Medical Marijuana to Help Plug Budget Gap”

  1. The Republicans have done Almost NOTHING to support the People regarding this matter, As a matter of FACT, They have done everything possible to Kill all Legalization measures, And they expect the American People to “Warm up” to them? All the Democrats have to do is Re-Legalize it and Re-gain most of the Peoples`support that they lost while passing the Health Care Bill.

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