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Cuomo says marijuana legalization a ‘large undertaking’

Gov. Andrew Cuomo during a question-and-answer session with reporters in Sodus Point on Monday said a priority in the legalization of marijuana is to ensure it does not get into the hands of underage consumers.

“Conceptually many people marijuana should be legalized under the right circumstances and under the right circumstances is what’s important here,” Cuomo said. “The devil is in the details.”

Lawmakers have returned to the Capitol following a two-week break and no agreement yet on a legalization plan, which fell out of the state budget negotiations in March.

Cuomo earlier this year proposed a regulatory plan that would treat marijuana like the state regulates alcohol products. State lawmakers in favor legalization want the revenue to be earmarked for communities impacted by drug laws.

One version of the legislative bill would allow people to grow and maintain small amounts of marijuana, a measure Cuomo did not include in his proposal. But others, including Democrats from suburban and upstate districts have raised concerns with traffic safety as a result of legalization.

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