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Lawmakers say deal on recreational marijuana now ‘imminent’

New York State Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes says a deal on legalizing recreational marijuana is ‘imminent’.

There’s an approximate $15 billion budget deficit- and that could prove to be a key reason for successful passage this year.

“If we’re able to craft a strategy using my legislation to make it a legal product, make it a safe product, be able to invest in the lives of people who suffered as a result of mass incarcerations, and have additional dollars to support the things we need to have to support New Yorkers, then it’s a win, win,” Peoples-Stokes said.

Around $100 million of the proceeds generated by legalization would be spent on social programs, which have historically seen the most drug crime and arrests.