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Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) said Wednesday he’s opposed to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s bill to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.

And, in doing so, he generated a hard-to-shake image.

Skelos said that “the way it is drafted,” Cuomo’s proposal sets the possession threshold too high — possessing up to 25 grams of marijuana would be a violation, rather than a misdemeanor as current law dictates. Besides, he said the controversy — largely a New York City issue — didn’t center on amounts but rather on what happens when a cop tells a suspect to empty his pockets, revealing a joint and then the officer charges him with a misdemeanor because the suspect “publicly displayed” marijuana.

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Skelos said the legislative fix should focus on the “instruction” issue but not address possession amounts.

“If the question was emptying out your pockets and that becoming a misdemeanor, then I think we can work with him,” Skelos said of Cuomo. “It should be a violation” not a misdemeanor.

Then, folding his fingers together as if gripping a cigarette and moving his hand behind his ear, Skelos continued: “But being able to just walk around with 10 joints in each ear and that only be a violation I think that’s wrong.”