Area Lawmakers, Officials Take Different Approaches to Legalized Marijuana

Marijuana is a hot topic, as states nearby and around the country legalize it for recreational use, New York is considering doing the same. Rockland State Senator David Carlucci says avoiding making it legal also avoids taking care of those who suffer from the ills of the drug…

Last month, Westchester’s D-A said he wouldn’t prosecute people caught with less than two ounces of marijuana. That hasn’t happened here, where Rockland Sheriff Lou Falco says he and many other police agencies have experts on staff to detect the presence of marijuana, though there is no “Breathalyzer Test” equivalent to determine specific levels of the drug in a person’s system……

Clarkstown Supervisor George Hoehmann, whose town became the first in Rockland with a medical marijuana dispensary, says he’d like to make a local law that would prohibit recreational marijuana sales near kids…

Last month, the governor proposed creating the Office of Cannabis Management, which would regulate pot and create a program to review and seal past marijuana convictions. His proposal wouldn’t let legal sales begin until April 2020 at the earliest.

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