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Debate reignited on legalizing recreational marijuana in NYS

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is pushing to legalize recreational marijuana in the state early next year, but some believe it would do more harm than good.

Posted: Dec 18, 2018 6:46 PM

UTICA, NY-- Gov. Andrew Cuomo is pushing to legalize recreational marijuana in the state early next year, but some believe it would do more harm than good.

The governor outlined his priorities for next year at the New York City Bar Association in Manhattan on Monday. He said he will push to legalize recreational marijuana within the first 100 days 2019. But Oneida County Sheriff Rob Maciol said it will have a dangerous consequences.

"We know that people will die," Maciol said. "We look at reports all the time and we keep looking at reports of things in Colorado because they legalized marijuana, they've had it legalize longer than any other state and we clearly see in the data that there's a spike in fatal car accidents as a result of people being under the influence of marijuana."

Maciol said when someone is drinking and driving its easier for officers to detect alcohol but detecting drugs is a little more complicated.

Cassandra Sheets, CEO for the Center For Family Life & Recovery, said legalizing the drug could make it easier for children to use.

"The younger anybody uses, whether it's alcohol, whether it's marijuana, whether it's prescription drugs, any kind of substance the younger they are the higher the risk of addiction," she said.

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