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Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos says he is still opposed to the Governors proposal to reduce the penalty for marijuana possession.

The Governor’s plan is to lower the current punishment for those caught with 25 grams or less of marijuana from a misdemeanor to a violation.

In recent reports it seemed like Skelos might eventually agree with the Governor, but while he was in town Thursday morning he seemed to still be standing his ground with strong opposition to the proposal.  

Skelos said 25 grams of pot is too large of an amount to be considered a violation.

“The issue really is a New York City issue where if you have it concealed it’s a violation and in many instances the police have been saying “empty your pockets” they empty it and there’s a marijuana cigarette they get hit with a misdemeanor. If that’s the issue we can handle that by making emptying your pockets a violation, but to go around with joints in your ears and a packages of marijuana just to be a violation, I think that’s wrong,” said Skelos.

Skelos said he also feels marijuana is a gateway drug that leads to the use of other harmful drugs. 

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