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Locals Weigh in on Legalizing Recreational Marijuana in New York

On Friday, NewsChannel 2’s Cody Mooney went to the streets of Utica to find out what locals thought on legalizing this drug.

Posted: Aug 3, 2018 6:26 PM

UTICA- On Thursday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo created a new state panel that will create legislation to legalize marijuana in New York State. This panel consists of 20 members from many different backgrounds— filled with Cuomo administration officials, college professors, and law enforcement officers.

On Friday, NewsChannel 2’s Cody Mooney went to the streets of Utica to find out what locals thought on legalizing this drug.

“I think it should be regulated all around,” said Lamar Gore, of North Carolina. “If you legalize it you get rid of that black market all around.”

Those who supported the legalization all agreed with one thing.

“It’s a proven fact no one has ever [overdosed] on marijuana ya know,” said Chris Billings, marijuana advocate. “They have yet to prove that marijuana is bad for people”

Oneida County Sheriff Rob Maciol weighed in on the debate with a few key points. He made note that hundreds of

“It is a slippery slope that we are going down,” said Maciol. “I know many of my colleges and me oppose this. Whether our opposition to this works or not I do not know.”

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