The top counsel in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office on Wednesday pointed to the proposal that would combine the regulation of medical and commercial cannabis, as well as industrialized hemp.

The proposal is part of Cuomo’s plan for the creation of the State Office of Cannabis Management, which plans to regulate the retail aspect of the plan much in the same way alcohol is in New York.

“With this legislation, we have the opportunity to establish a strong framework that addresses the significant social justice, economic justice, public safety, and public health concerns that confront us today – concerns that will only increase in scope and complexity with the expansion of the illicit in-state market and legal markets in neighboring jurisdictions,” David told lawmakers at a hearing on the issue on Wednesday. “Taking no action and maintaining the…