County Officials To Weigh Implications Of Legalizing Recreational Marijuana

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MAYVILLE – Chautauqua County officials will, once again, address the potential legalization of marijuana in New York State.

According to the Chautauqua County Public Safety Committee agenda, the Committee will discuss the implications of legalizing marijuana during its February meeting Wednesday afternoon.

The talks come as Governor Andrew Cuomo included a proposal and subsequent amendments to legalize recreational marijuana in New York State, officially called the Cannabis Regulation and Taxation Act, in his 2021-22 Executive Budget.

The Governor and other state officials have fallen short in recent years to legalize recreational marijuana in New York State.

Distribution of revenue was one of the biggest reasons, and revenue will be a major topic when the Assembly and Legislature considers the Governor’s budget.

Municipalities with a population greater than 100,000 would be able to opt out under the proposal.

WNY News Now will continue to follow the developing story as Chautauqua County officials ponder the proposal.


1 Comment

  1. Let’s ask this question, realistically, how many people do you all think are waiting around for Gov. Cuomo and the State Legislature to come to terms with what 68% of the American people want, including 66% of NY’ers?

    Yes, everyone is just waiting for them to legalize weed before they all smoke.

    10 million people didn’t get locked up for marijuana over a 2 decade time period because they sat around WAITING for unjustified, racist laws to be lifted, so that they could partake in a substance that was less harmful than alcohol or tobacco.

    Stop trying to create problems where virtually NONE exist.

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