New York Lawmakers to Hold Hearing on Legalizing Marijuana

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Lawmakers in the New York state Assembly are preparing for a hearing on proposals to legalize marijuana for recreational use.

Four Assembly committees will meet Oct. 16, 2018, in Manhattan for the joint hearing, which comes two months before lawmakers reconvene in Albany for the 2019 session.

The state’s Department of Health put out a report in July 2018 recommending the legalization of cannabis, and it’s expected to be a major debate in the 2019 session.

The details of any specific legislative proposal must still be worked out, including how the drug will be taxed and regulated.State health officials are themselves holding a series of hearings around New York to hear from the public on the issue.

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