If marijuana is legalized, where will revenue go? Lawmakers debate optionsPosted: Updated:
Officials are debating where the revenue from legalizing marijuana will go as Gov. Andrew Cuomo is looking to release some changes to his state budget proposal.
Some legislators say the tax revenue should help minority communities with drug treatment and community re-entry services for prisoners, as well as job development.
Cuomo says it should help a more broad umbrella of issues, from encouraging minorities and farmers to join the industry, to campaigns for public health.
Some people say that proposal doesn't focus enough on ways to enforce marijuana laws.
Sen. Shelley Mayer says she has been on the fence about the issue and says having enough details and votes on the budget will be the first step.
"I think we're quite a way off until the end of the budget period and knowing whether the proposal to legalize recreational marijuana will make it into the budget and if so, what the terms of that proposal will be," said Mayer.
Cuomo has stated that legalization should go through the budget on April 1.