New York Governor Forms Group to Draft Bill To Legalize Marijuana

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday appointed a panel to draft legislation that would legalize the use of marijuana by adults in the state. The governor’s panel will be made up of people with specialized knowledge of the issue, including experts in public health, public safety, and economics, and the leaders of relevant state agencies.

Gov. Cuomo tasked the group to engage both the State Senate and the State Assembly, cannabis advocates, and the sponsors of medical and regulated marijuana legislation to complete its work.

Once the workgroup drafts a bill, both houses of the state’s legislature would have to pass it and the governor would have to sign the measure for it to become law.

Multi-Agency Study Recommends Legalization

The governor cited the results a study he ordered earlier this year to explore the issue in his call for cannabis legalization. That review determined that the benefits of legalization outweigh the associated risks.

“I have reviewed the multi-agency report commissioned last January and have discussed its findings with Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker,” Gov. Cuomo said in a press release.

“The next steps must be taken thoughtfully and deliberately. As we work to implement the report’s recommendations through legislation, we must thoroughly consider all aspects of a regulated

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