Group makes final plea with lawmakers to legalize marijuana

A group of Westchester parents, religious leaders, and community activist rallied in Yonkers today for the immediate passage of marijuana legislation.

News 12 Staff

Jun 14, 2019, 4:48 PM

Updated 1,824 days ago

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A group of protesters stood outside in Yonkers today to make their final pleas toward a possible marijuana legalization.
All of the advocates talked on points that addressed criminal justice reform, education and public health, and how legalization could help.
Several law enforcement agencies - including the New York State Sheriffs’ Association – are against the legislation.
They say it will lead to public safety issues on the road, like ‘drugged driving.’
“We need the government to regulate,” Tasha Young, a community activist, said on the legislation, “and to help educate the public about the different potency levels.”
News 12 reached out to Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Sen. Shelley Mayer for comment on whether a vote will be held but has not heard back. The state Legislature’s session ends June 19.


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