Nassau residents express opposition to NY marijuana plan at hearingPosted by On

Anxiety over a state proposal to legalize recreational marijuana was on full display at a Nassau County hearing Wednesday night, with some fearing threats to public safety and the suburban quality of life, while drug recovery specialists advocated for the expansion of treatment programs.

Legalization of recreational marijuana is backed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and leaders of the Democratic-led State Senate and Assembly. Many of the speakers at legislative chambers in Mineola opposed the state’s plan and urged the county to opt out of retail sales if the governor’s plan becomes a reality. 

More than 200 people crammed into the chambers for the four-hour hearing of the legislature’s Health and Social Services Committee. Sentiments from speakers ranged from condemnation of the state’s proposal to…

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