Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos told reporters he’s not necessarily opposed to reducing the penalty of marijuana possession in certain circumstances, but it’s a matter of the context.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is backing a measure that would decriminlize marijuana possession of 25 grams or less, part of an overall goal of reducing so-called “stop and frisk” arrests in New York City.

But Skelos said he wasn’t concerned with the amount per se, but the procedure by which someone is arrested.

“I’m not looking for the amount,” Skelos said. “The issue was in the city in particular if you’re stopped by a policeman, asked to empty your pockets, if you had a joint in your pocket, that would be a violation. But bringing out on the desk at his instruction that would make it a misdemeanor. That is wrong. It should be a violation Your following the policeman’s order … But being able to walk around with 10 joints in each ear and it only being a violation, that is wrong.”

The measure was pushed heavily by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Assembly Democrats at a news conference on Monday. The measure has the backing of NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly and Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the latter of which is a major patron of the Senate Republican majority.

He also predicted that the legislative session would end on time, even though the governor has said he would consider keeping lawmakers in Albany if his Justice Center legislation isn’t approved.

“There are a number of open issues. Obviously teacher evaluation is still open,” Skelos said. “But we’re going to have a good closing and we’re going to be out on June 21.”