ALBANY – Advocates for legalizing marijuana in New York are learning this Albany truism: The longer an issue hangs around unresolved the more time is afforded opponents to try to kill the effort.
Publicly, backers in the Legislature present a unified optimism that marijuana will be made legal in New York in 2019.
Privately, some in the Legislature are concerned that opponents – whose ranks have grown over the weeks – are making inroads to spike the legalization effort not only in state budget talks but at all this legislative session.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, once a marijuana legalization opponent but now one of the loudest proponents of the idea, conceded last week that some critics had made “good points” that needed to be addressed.
“It didn’t go unnoticed,” Kevin Sabet, president of the Virginia-based, anti-legalization group called Smart Approaches to Marijuana,…