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Plan adds language expunging certain criminal records

ALBANY — State lawmakers in Albany aren’t giving up on approving recreational marijuana this year.

Legislation legalizing adult-use of marijuana was amended Friday afternoon to address concerns raised during state budget negotiations this spring, as Democratic lawmakers and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo try to get on the same page before the legislative session ends next month.

The proposal from Sen. Liz Krueger, D-Manhattan, was tweaked to bring the legislative language in line with the concept of creating an Office of Cannabis Management floated by Cuomo in his budget proposal. Medical marijuana, hemp and cannabidiol would also be regulated by the office.

The plan also adds expungement language nullifying marijuana convictions for activities that are decriminalized by the legislation and commits money to law enforcement agencies to address driving issues.

“We have amended this bill to reflect the ideas and concerns that came up through the budget process, and we have a stronger bill as a result,”Krueger said. “There is still time left in the session to see this bill pass, and see adult-use cannabis legalized with a strong commitment to restorative justice for the communities hit hardest by the war on drugs.”

While the governor initially planned on approving marijuana legalization in the first 100 days of his administration, negotiations with state lawmakers stalled and it was dropped from the final budget.

The amended legislation from Democratic lawmakers reflects an attempt to “mirror” the proposal from the governor.

The legislation still allows for New Yorkers to grow up to six marijuana plants in their homes, which was prohibited in Cuomo’s plan, and maintains language that 50 percent of government revenue is invested into communities disproportionately impacted by the war on drugs.

Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes, D-Buffalo, who is sponsoring the legislation, said earlier in the week that the amended language preserved the core principles advanced by proponents in the Legislature.

“It is my hope that this legislation will be approved by the Legislature, and there will not be a need to take up separate legislation that updates the medical marijuana program, and regulates hemp/CBD,” Peoples-Stokes said.

The Minnesota Vikings tight end could be player the Buffalo Bills are interested in acquiring after recently losing one of their own tight ends to an injury.

Each and every offseason for the Minnesota Vikings seems to have a few intriguing storylines that take place. This year has been all about the Vikings improving their offensive line and figuring out ways to create more salary cap space.

Often appearing in the cap space discussions has been Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph. Given that he’s currently costing Minnesota more than $7.6 million in salary cap space, Rudolph has been frequenting the NFL rumor mill this offseason.

After being included in a variety of different trade rumors this year, it appears as though the tight end is now closer to remaining with the Vikings for the 2019 season. Minnesota has even offered Rudolph a five-year extension, but the two sides have yet to agree on any sort of new deal.

Since no new contract has yet to be signed, the tight end could technically still be available in a trade if the Vikings get an offer they like.

One team that may now be interested in Rudolph’s services is the Buffalo Bills. The Bills recently lost tight end Tyler Kroft for at least three months thanks to a broken foot and the Buffalo News’ Jay Skurski thinks that Rudolph could possibly end up as his replacement on their roster.

“Given Kroft’s injury, a case could be made the Bills would possibly be interested (in Rudolph). In my mind, a lot of that depends on what they think is going to happen with Kroft.
If he can get back early in the 2019 season, acquiring Rudolph would be unlikely. If the Bills think Kroft is going to miss a significant chunk of the season, though, maybe they make a move.”
The Bills have the cap space to afford the acquisition of the Minnesota tight end in a trade, but the dealbreaker would likely have to do with what they’re willing to give up to land him.

The Vikings are reportedly looking for a third-round draft pick in return for trading Rudolph and that may be too big of an asset that Buffalo is willing to part with.

The veteran tight end staying in Minnesota is still what seems to be the most likely scenario for 2019. But there’s no reason the Vikings shouldn’t still consider trading Rudolph until he at least agrees to an extension.

    ERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel moved closer towards a new election on Monday as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s efforts to form a government after last month’s national ballot remained deadlocked.

    In a preliminary vote, parliament decided to dissolve itself. In order to disperse and set an election date, legislators would still have to hold a final vote, likely to take place on Wednesday.

    Netanyahu, who heads the right-wing Likud party, has until 2100 GMT on Wednesday to put a government together, after being delegated the task by President Reuven Rivlin following the April 9 poll.

    In a televised address following the initial vote in parliament, Netanyahu pledged to continue pursuing coalition talks and said a new vote would be unnecessary and costly.

    “A lot can be done in 48 hours,” he said. “The voters’ wishes can be respected, a strong right-wing government can be formed.”

    In power for the past decade and facing potential corruption indictments, Netanyahu has struggled to seal an agreement with a clutch of right-wing, far-right and ultra-Orthodox Jewish parties that would ensure him a fifth term.

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