WHITESBORO- New York State could be turning over a new leaf in its stance on legalizing marijuana. According to the state health department, a new report has been released on how to legalize marijuana for recreational use.
On Friday, Ben Cort a nationally known public speaker from Colorado spoke with local experts for advocacy, prevention, counseling, and training on why legalizing marijuana might not be scientifically safe.
“We are dealing with a plant that is fifty times more potent than it once was ten years ago,” said Cort, author of Weed, Inc. “So it is very important folks know what they are talking about when they are talking to consumers.”
Cort who has worked on legalizing marijuana in Colorado’s Amendment 64 campaign, said implementing laws should not be rushed into place for the tax revenue sake.
“Well what we have seen in Colorado is quite a bit of tax revenue coming in, but you don’t see it on the back end,” said Cort. “When New York State goes through with the legalization process, they should look into effect how has to be fixed on the back end.”
Local addiction counselors in attendance weighed in on this discussion.
“It’s about gaining real-life information with people like Ben who have dealt with the issue of high THC levels first hand,” said Jodi Warren, Director of Prevention Services for Center for Family Life and Recovery. “And then it is our job to relay this information to families and kids.”