NY lawmakers hold hearings on marijuana legalization

ALBANY, N.Y. — The state Assembly will seek public input on legalizing marijuana in New York at four hearings this fall.

The hearings are being planned by Assembly members Joseph Lentol, Richard Gottfried, Crystal Peoples-Stokes and Linda Rosenthal. Peoples-Stokes has sponsored a bill to regulate and tax the adult use of marijuana in New York.

Vermont and Massachusetts recently legalized recreational marijuana and New Jersey is expected to follow suit soon.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced earlier this month that he’ll appoint a working group to study the issue. The state Health Department has concluded that the positive impacts of a regulated marijuana market outweigh the potential negative impacts.

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