The 2019 regular state legislative session in Albany is over, and a highly-touted bill has failed to become law. In fact, that bill failed to receive a floor vote or a committee vote in either house of the State Legislature.
That bill is Bill S.1527-Krueger/A.1617-Peoples-Stokes, which would have legalized and commercialized recreational marijuana in the State of New York.
At the beginning of this year, all signs pointed to the legalization of recreational pot in 2019. There was fervent support for the measure on the left. The State Senate entered 2019 with a new and emboldened Democratic majority. Gov. Andrew Cuomo expressed support for recreational pot. Nearby states passed similar bills. Voices in the media proclaimed the inevitability of pot legalization.
Despite all of this, recreational marijuana is still illegal in the Empire State.
According to the Associated Press, “lawmakers couldn’t agree on the many details of legalization, such as how tax revenue should be spent, whether past pot convictions should be expunged, and whether local communities could opt out of hosting dispensaries or instead would have to opt in.” Politico reported that the bill was killed by “a group of downstate Democratic state senators who received vehement opposition from constituents, law enforcement and local school officials.”
There is an important lesson here: Don’t be fooled by myths of inevitability. When an unwise or evil proposal is presented as “inevitable,” continue to stand up and fight it. With the Lord’s help, you might win.