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Cuomo gets the ball rolling on legal marijuana push

August 30, 2018 - 11:46 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo got the ball rolling Thursday on a push to legalize recreational marijuana use.

He announced a series of 15 listening sessions around the state in September and October to get community input on marijuana legislation that state lawmakers might consider in their next session.

"Community input is critical as we work to draft balanced and comprehensive legislation on a regulated marijuana program," he said.

Locally, the listening sessions are all in September -- Brooklyn on 9/17 and 9/25, Manhattan 9/20, Queens 9/24, Staten Island on 9/26, and Long Island on 9/27.

Beginning September 1, a new NYPD policy on marijuana enforcement will take effect. It will limit arrests of people in possession of pot in public.

City council members Donovan Richards, and Rory Lancman say they're concerned about what that means. They had a rally planned for Thursday morning to urge the city and state to take steps to prepare for the possible future legalization of recreational marijuana.

The NYPD says the policy shift will result in about 10,000 fewer arrests each year. The majority of which are blacks and Hispanics.