Marijuana "Summit" Discusses Pros and Cons of Legalization

It’s being called "a seat at the table and a "voice in the room."

That's how Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan described some of the recommendations that came out of a four-hour "summit" dealing with the legalization of marijuana in New York State.

Sheehan says she wants local officials to have input with state leaders on this.

Sheehan adds she and other mayors feel it's not "if," but "when" recreational marijuana is legalized in New York.

And she says local communities will be the ones dealing with the implications of it, including the possibility of more traffic accidents and the education of younger people on the possible pitfalls of marijuana use.

Sheehan spoke with WGY news and wonders how New York is going to learn from the unintended consequences other states have faced.

Some of those consequences, Sheehan says, include impacts on local police departments, which might include extra training.

Bethlehem Police Commander Adam Hornick says they're expecting more stoned drivers behind the wheel.

State budget officials expect close to $200 million in extra revenue within the next 4 years.

Photo: WNYT


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