Governor Cuomo appoints group to draft recreational marijuana legislation

August 03, 2018 05:54 PM

Governor Cuomo appointed a group of state government officials, law enforcement officials and academics to draft legislation for regulating recreational marijuana.

The announcement comes three weeks after the state health department found the benefits of legalizing pot outweigh the risks.

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Members of the panel are tasked with coming up with a program for the legislature to consider when it returns in January, but not everyone's on board.

“The drug dealers aren't going away, it’s not like if you legalize marijuana tomorrow the drug dealers are going to go become dentists or something. They will continue to undercut the legal price, they will continue to sell to kids, they will continue to sell an unregulated product and it will thrive,” Kevin Sabet of Smart Approaches to Marijuana said.

Recreational marijuana is already legal in Massachusetts, but dispensaries still haven't opened.


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