The Suffolk County Legislature in Riverhead Tuesday hosted a public hearing on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to legalize recreational adult-use marijuana in New York State.
In response to that plan, Suffolk County Legislator Rob Trotta introduced legislation in January that would allow Suffolk County to opt out of the law.
“Having been a police officer for 25 years, I know firsthand that making marijuana available for sale is a step in the wrong direction,” Mr. Trotta said in a press release announcing the legislation.
Mr. Trotta and other supporters say that marijuana is a gateway drug toward other substances and can impair functions needed to safely complete tasks like operating a motor vehicle.
The hourlong hearing drew a dozen speakers who mostly opposed the county’s proposal to opt out of allowing legal marijuana sales.
“The idea that pot is a gateway drug is…