Senator Krueger Expected to Introduce Marijuana Bill

BUFFALO -- Legalizing Marijuana use has been a topic of conversation across the country including right here in buffalo.

Recently, a public hearing took place addressing the benefits of medical marijuana use and how it could help sick children across Western New York.

"I think these are all very good conversations for all of us to have, we're going to continue to deliberate these conversations - we're going to continue to speak to the community," Senator Kennedy said.

Now the conversation is about to shift --- as senator Liz Krueger prepares to introduce a bill next Wednesday to legalize recreational marijuana in New York State.

Details are not being released, but the Senator's Spokesperson confirms that its similar to a piece of drafted legislation that was never filed in may.

Under this, Krueger proposed adults would be able to grow up to six marijuana plants at home and the drug would be regulated by the State Liquor Authority. Marijuana would be taxed at a rate of $50 dollars per ounce and 80-percent of the revenue would go towards the state's general fund.

The spokesperson tells us there have been minor changes to this original proposal --but overall the bill being introduced Wednesday is the same.

"The recreational use, that's something someone wants to do for fun. But that trivializes the medical use of marijuana,"Assemblyman Sean Ryan said. "We have children in our community right now who are suffering from neurological impairments, who would benefit from low dosage medically and this idea of throwing in the conversation of recreational use -- I think it really demeans from peoples medical conditions."


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