Sheriffs' association votes to oppose legalizing marijuana

For the second year, members of the New York State Sheriff’s Association are opposing the legalization of marijuana.

Posted: Feb 3, 2020 5:39 PM
Updated: Feb 3, 2020 6:03 PM

ALBANY, N.Y. – For the second year, members of the New York State Sheriffs' Association are opposing the legalization of marijuana.

The sheriffs voted to pass a resolution opposing Gov. Cuomo’s proposal at the 86th annual winter training conference held in Albany.

The majority of the sheriffs, including Oneida County Sheriff Rob Maciol, say other states have seen increases in violence and crime since legalizing the drug.

Maciol also fears it would spur black market activity.

“If you're talking about putting significant taxes on the sale of legal marijuana for recreational use -- what is going to happen to the black market? The black market is going to explode. It's exploded in other states because people are not going to want to pay the 20 or 30 percent tax on the product. They're going to buy it through the black market which you're not going to know what you're buying,” said Maciol.

Cuomo proposed legalizing marijuana in his state of the state address. He says people would only be able to purchase one ounce, and it would be taxed at 20%.

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