The Path to Pot

As New York state moves from medical marijuana toward legalizing adult recreational pot, Canada already has. Some problems are similar and the issue of how do you tell if a driver is stoned is one of them.

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Medical marijuana is offering relief to thousands of New Yorkers suffering from a range of serious ailments, from addiction and chronic pain to Parkinson's and PTSD, but how well do you know your weed? Cannabis products can also have vastly different effects - good and bad. WBFO's Marian Hetherly concludes our special series, "The Path to Pot."


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Gov. Andrew Cuomo set the wheels in motion Monday to debate the legalization of recreational marijuana use in 2019. But even if New York State lawmakers ultimately say yes, there will remain some institutions where adult casual use remains banned, while some will be faced with the question of how to regulate its use among its membership.


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As New York heads perhaps towards a future of regulated recreational marijuana, it calls into question the unique status of Native American reservations. States can pass marijuana laws, but can tribes do the same?

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo says legalizing the adult use of recreational marijuana is among the agenda items for his coming new term. New York State already has legal medical marijuana, but some raise questions about how legal recreational pot may affect the integrity of the medicinal program. One of the local experts recruited to the governor's work group for crafting legal pot legislation, meanwhile, suggests very little is known about the substance many are in a hurry to make legal for casual consumption.


Many leaders have been focused upon the potential financial gains of legalizing recreational marijuana in New York State. Some of those benefits include job creation and a boost to tax revenues, says Bill Ganley, Buffalo State Economics Professor.  Ganley also believes the regulation of marijuana will produce a "standardization of the product" which would likely "clean up the existing black market" where marijuana is currently bought and sold in New York.

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If marijuana becomes legal for adult use in New York state, the new industry is expected to generate hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenue. But how will the new funding be spent?