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NY bar association supports pot legalization

A man smoking marijuana. A man smoking marijuana. | Photo: AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez.

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Updated: February 01, 2020 11:06 AM
Created: February 01, 2020 07:49 AM

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The New York State Bar Association is endorsing the legalization of recreational marijuana, a move that comes as state lawmakers consider proposals this session to legalize the drug.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, has put forward legislation to legalize marijuana in New York. Under the governor's proposal, sales to retail dispensaries would be taxed at 20-percent and people could have one ounce of marijuana before getting in trouble.

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A separate proposal, backed by Democrats in the Legislature, would permit people to have to have three ounces of marijuana. The legislation would set one of the largest limits for legal marijuana possession in the nation.

The bar association on Friday announced that they support legalizing adult recreational marijuana. The association also said it approved a report that outlined various recommendations for how the state should address the issue.

"Come Monday, we will be on the ground working this issue,” said Hank Greenberg, the association's president.


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