State bar association supports pot legalization in New York

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – The New York State Bar Association is endorsing the legalization of recreational marijuana, a move that comes as state lawmakers consider proposals this session to legalize the drug.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, has put forward legislation to legalize marijuana in New York. Under the governor’s proposal, sales to retail dispensaries would be taxed at 20% and people could have one ounce of marijuana before getting in trouble.

A separate proposal, backed by Democrats in the Legislature, would permit people to have three ounces of marijuana. The legislation would set one of the largest limits for legal marijuana possession in the nation.

The bar association on Friday announced that they support legalizing adult recreational marijuana. The association also said it approved a report that outlined various recommendations for how the state should address the issue.

“Come Monday, we will be on the ground working this issue,” said Hank Greenberg, the association’s president.

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