IDC throws a liberal bone with marijuana decriminalization
State Sen. Jeff Klein, D-Bronx, appears to be shoring up his liberal bona fides.
The leader of the Independent Democratic Conference introduced Senate Bill 5803 on Sunday night, which deals with the public possession of marijuana. The bill decriminalizes possession of less than 15 grams of marijuana displayed in public in a city of at least a million, like New York City.
A copy of the bill is available below.
This proposal represents the compromise that Gov. Andrew Cuomo failed to get during the budget process and appeared dead last week.
The bill doesn't have an Assembly co-sponsor yet, but it will likely find a partner quickly.
Introducing this bill seems to indicate it has a chance of passing around the Senate Republicans, especially considering the limitations on where decriminalization would apply.
It is not clear whether the introduction of this bill is meant to placate the governor's liberal interests, as those might be left unsatisfied on the women's equality agenda front, or simply provide liberal credibility for the IDC, which has come under fire from the left for betraying its roots. Either way, it could help complicate the final four days in the regular calendar session.
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