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New York lawmakers say more time needed to legalize recreational pot

ALBANY, N.Y. (WRGB) - "At this point I think we have a lot more work to do," said Albany Assemblywoman Pat Fahy.

Fahy says she is relieved that Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie is admitting six weeks may not be enough time to approve legislation legalizing recreational marijuana in the state budget.

In a tweet Thursday, Heastie wrote "I didn't say we can't. I just said I'm not optimistic. I want to get it right rather than beat a 'time clock.'”

"I take this as a good sign that we will have more time to approach this in a more methodical, thoughtful manner, which it needs,” Fahy said.

Fahy says she still has major concerns about what impact legalization will have on public safety.

"Primarily on two fronts: youth usage and increased youth access if we were to legalize, and the increase in impaired driving,” she explained.

She says while she's not supportive at this stage, she is keeping an open mind.

For now, Fahy says she'd rather focus on full decriminalization and expunging records.

"I'd like to see that be the priority in New York. Let's correct the historic wrongs,” said Fahy.

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