State Legislature Will Begin Talks of Legalized Recreational Marijuana

The State Legislature is in the beginnings of considering Governor Cuomo's proposal to legalize recreational marijuana use, and Albany area Democratic Assemblywoman Pat Fahy tells WGY she has concerns.

She questions the different reactions of marijuana for people between 18 and 24.

"The bottom line is we can't ignore the different impact when you're talking about youth, and there is no doubt that we are seeing some very, very troubling studies."

Fahy says she is concerned about the studies she says are showing that heavy marijuana usage is damaging to young brains.

She also cites statistics that she says show an increase in auto accidents for people who smoke marijuana, and then get behind the wheel.

"The research is all preliminary because we've only seen 5 states that have legalized; so far, The National Institute of Insurance is showing a six percent increase in traffic accidents."

Fahy says she is, however, in favor of expunging the records for those convicted of low-level marijuana offenses.

When the debate comes to the State Legislature, it will most likely be prolonged and could get intense.

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