From the Morning Memo:

As a broader agreement on developing a retail and regulatory system for legal marijuana, state lawmakers are reviewing a second option: Decriminalization.

The bill, introduced on Sunday and amended Monday, would decriminalize marijuana possession and expunge records of non-violent charges and arrests related to marijuana.

The measure, backed by Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes and Sen. Jamaal Bailey, was introduced as the larger legalization bill hit roadblocks over the weekend, including a debate over how much money should be spent on drug education policy and an affirmative “opt in” for county governments.

“It’s something we’ve introduced to make sure it ages in time before the end of session,” Bailey said. “I’m still in support of full legalization. I’m hopeful we get legalization done before the end of session.”

Opponents of the legalization measure on Monday were seen waiting outside of the Senate majority offices waiting to speak to sympathetic lawmakers, with several trying to identify and find Sen. Todd Kaminsky, a Long Island Democrat.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo in a radio interview on Monday said he hoped legislators could wind up doing both legalization and decriminalization.

“I think we should do it all together,” he said in the interview on WAMC. “I don’t think we should do one component now and then come back and do another component. Let’s just do it. We’ve talked about it, let’s make the hard decisions and let’s make them now.”

On Monday afternoon, Sen. Liz Krueger said she was “cautiously optimistic” the legalization measure could be agreed to and raised the possibility of another bill being introduced.

“We’re still negotiating,” she said. “I’m cautiously optimistic. I’ve been cautiously optimistic for a couple of days.”