Governor Andrew Cuomo earlier this year proposed a study into recreational marijuana programs. But can the state move forward when the future of marijuana use at the federal level seems murky? Capital Tonight's Nick Reisman has the latest.
ALBANY, N.Y. -- New York's medical marijuana program could be at risk now that the federal government may begin to crack down on programs like the one the state has had in place for the last several years.
Now, lawmakers in Albany want Congress to act and clarify federal marijuana laws.
“This should really fall to the Congress. It is their responsibility to correct this problem. I've said this a million times now. There are 336 members of Congress who live in a state that have adult use or medical or both -- 336 members of Congress. They need to act and they to do something to protect the industry and protect the interests of patients,” said Senator Diane Savino, D-Staten Island.
Meanwhile, Governor Andrew Cuomo in his budget has proposed a commission that would review the adult use or recreational marijuana policies that are being enacted in neighboring states like New Jersey -- a move some see as a precursor to expanding it to New York.