The Assembly passed a bill yesterday that would decriminalize small amounts of marijuana in a bid to thwart arrests of young people for minor pot busts.
Uncharacteristically for the Assembly, the bill wasn’t widely backed by Assembly Democrats. It passed 80-59, and 21 Democrats voted against it.
All but one Republican voted against it: Assemblyman Steve Katz, R-Yorktown, Westchester County, who in March was ticketed for marijuana possession and speeding on his way to work at the Capitol.
The measure is backed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, but its future in the Senate is uncertain. Senate Republicans have scoffed at the bill.
Here’s the roll call: