Should the recreational use of marijuana be legalized in Suffolk County?

That is the topic of discussion of an upcoming public hearing at the Suffolk County Legislature on Monday, Feb. 25.

From 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., local elected officials will be seeking the opinions of the county’s constituents as New York State moves toward legalizing the drug. In 2014, New York State legalized medicinal marijuana but has yet to vote on recreational usage.

Before a potential bill regarding the topic arises, Suffolk County Legislature Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory wants to gather the public’s view on the subject matter.

“So many considerations surround legalizing recreational marijuana,” said Gregory. “This is a new industry that will impact society at every level.

“We are entering unchartered territory, and we want to make sure we hear all sides, explore all angles, and understand all opinions so that we are prepared should this issue come before the Legislature.”

Throughout the U.S., there are 10 states that have legalized marijuana entirely.

California, one of the first to pass legislation favoring marijuana, generated $345.2 million in tax revenue from legal cannabis sales in 2018, according to Business Insider.

meeting details

The hearing will be held at the Suffolk County Legislature’s William H. Rogers Building, located at 725 Veterans Memorial Highway in Smithtown.

For further information, call 631-853-4088.

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