Capitol Pressroom

April 17, 2019: Connect: NY on The Capitol Pressroom

Before the budget passed, we gathered a group of stakeholders in Syracuse to discuss the various legislation being considered around the legalization of cannabis.

On the pro-legalization side, we spoke with the Governor’s Chief Counsel Alphonso David; as well as Kevin Jolly, Director of Communications for Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes. On the anti-legalization side, we were joined by Will Jones, Outreach and Communications Associate at Smart Approaches to Marijuana, New York.

We also spoke with two important groups: the counties (who will take on extra costs) represented by Stephen Acquario, President of the New York Association of Counties, and health leaders including Onondaga County Health Commissioner Dr. Indu Gupta.

After the legislature’s April break, the debate over the legalization of cannabis will be front and center. To get a preview of what lawmakers will be discussing when they return to Albany we have this special edition of Connect: NY on The Capitol Pressroom.

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