Report from NY health officials calls for pot legalization

A report from New York state health officials is recommending the legalization of marijuana.

Posted: Jul 13, 2018 12:47 PM

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A report from New York state health officials is recommending the legalization of marijuana.

The 74-page analysis released Friday concludes that the benefits of legalization outweigh potential risks. It suggests the state could raise nearly $700 million in tax revenue off the drug, and that legalization won't significantly increase rates of marijuana use by adults or teens.

The report predicts that legalizing marijuana could reduce opioid dependency while eliminating criminal penalties that disproportionately impact minorities.

It will now be up to Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo and lawmakers to propose specific legalization proposals.

Cuomo has long expressed concerns about legalization, last year calling marijuana a "gateway drug." But he has softened his stance amid pressure from legalization supporters, including his Democratic primary opponent, "Sex and the City" star Cynthia Nixon.

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 401029

Reported Deaths: 32343
CountyConfirmedDeaths
New York City21871023278
Nassau422672190
Suffolk419871993
Westchester352601433
Rockland13700670
Orange10830484
Erie7711644
Dutchess4269152
Monroe4153277
Onondaga3100190
Albany2208121
Ulster185586
Oneida1818104
Sullivan146448
Putnam136163
Niagara133494
Schenectady85637
Broome80760
Saratoga59517
Rensselaer59330
Columbia48537
Madison37417
Ontario29633
Orleans28754
Steuben27441
Warren27433
Fulton26524
Greene26518
Washington24914
Genesee2475
St. Lawrence2302
Oswego2193
Wayne2033
Herkimer1884
Tompkins1830
Chautauqua1707
Chenango1666
Tioga16024
Chemung1482
Livingston1458
Cattaraugus1386
Montgomery1304
Cayuga1262
Clinton1084
Wyoming1015
Jefferson950
Delaware914
Otsego885
Seneca740
Allegany661
Schoharie620
Cortland580
Essex510
Yates486
Franklin350
Lewis310
Schuyler150
Hamilton60
Unassigned00
Utica
Broken Clouds
81° wxIcon
Hi: 82° Lo: 63°
Feels Like: 82°
Oneonta
Broken Clouds
81° wxIcon
Hi: 81° Lo: 62°
Feels Like: 81°
Herkimer
Broken Clouds
81° wxIcon
Hi: 83° Lo: 63°
Feels Like: 82°
Thendara
Broken Clouds
81° wxIcon
Hi: 78° Lo: 58°
Feels Like: 82°
WKTV Radar
WKTV Temperatures
WKTV Severe Weather
Click here to learn more about A Healthier Mohawk Valley
Saluting Those Who Are Proud 2 Serve
Senior Send-Off brought to you by Herkimer College
Menu 2 Go list of takeout dinners & fish fries
WKTV Golf Card - Under 150 left