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Putnam legislator calls on Gov. Cuomo to delay legalizing marijuana

CARMEL – Putnam County Legislator Barbara Scuccimarra, chairwoman of the legislature’s Health Committee in addition to chairing the “One Army in the War on Addiction Task Force,” Friday called on Governor Andrew Cuomo to “thoroughly analyze the potential negative impacts legalizing recreational use of marijuana will be on New Yorkers” before New York State moves ahead with the legislation.

Scuccimarra said while the state health department’s report on the impacts of legalizing pot cites increased revenue for state coffers, “the department’s conclusion ignores a dozen studies that demonstrate the serious negative effects of recreational marijuana including increased use by young people, increased dependence, increased risk of psychosis and other adverse health and societal effects.”

In her letter, Scuccimarra begged the governor to “consider the epidemic of drug overdose deaths in New York in recent years. Legalizing the recreational use will increase availability for adolescents while decreasing the perception of risk of harm which will lead to an overall increase in drug use.”

Scuccimarra, speaking on behalf of her 11-member taskforce, urged Cuomo to “move slowly and gather data from states that already created recreational marijuana laws. Please take a step back and conduct a more thorough analysis of the potential negative impacts of legalizing recreational use of marijuana.”

Calls made to the governor’s office in Albany seeking comment were not returned.

 


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