Elected officials are turning to the public for their thoughts on legalizing recreational marijuana.
Some Democratic members of the New York State Assembly were in Binghamton today for a public hearing regarding the adult use of marijuana.
Governor Cuomo has proposed legislation that would legalize the substance for adult recreational use.
It was one of four hearings across the state to gather feedback.
Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard Gottfried says it’s looking likely that legalization will be passed, the main question is how. “Not only about is it a good idea or bad idea. But also about what are the mechanics of it. Creating a new industry is a complicated thing. We haven’t done that in New York since the end of prohibition in 1933. How do we want to organize these businesses? So there are a lot of issues to be dealt with.”
Gottfried says among the concerns brought up include how to test if someone is driving under the influence of pot, how to limit access for children and who would be the major players in the industry.
He supports legalization because he says it would save money spent on law enforcement, lower the number of people incarcerated for non-violent crimes and bring in tax revenue for the state.