Gov. Andrew Cuomo in a radio interview Wednesday vowed to make marijuana legalization "a top priority" for him in the state budget.
The proposed spending plan, due at the end of March, includes for the second year the legalization of retail and adult-use marijuana.
"I am going to give it my all to get it done in the budget," Cuomo said in the interview on WAMC. "I'm going to give it my all, and it's a top priority for me."
Cuomo has previously said the legalization provision should be included in the budget, or it might be harder to accomplish in time when legislative session concludes in early June.
Lawmakers last year could not reach an agreement on the details of a marijuana legalization plan, including how communities affected by previously harsher drug laws would benefit, how to spend the revenue and how to tax it.
Instead, the legislature and Cuomo agreed to what had been a fallback measure: A law that decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana, while also expunging the records of previous convictions and arrests.
Cuomo this year has proposed coupling the issue with both health concerns surrounding vaping and e-cigarette use as well as working with neighboring states to develop a regional plan for legalization and taxation.