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The State Department of Health recommended on Friday that New York state legalize marijuana for recreational use, partly because of the impact it would have on criminal justice reform.


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Legalization would create a new area of law for attorneys in New York with an emerging industry that has so far only been addressed through the state’s medical marijuana program.

The report, commissioned earlier this year by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, found that “the positive effects of a regulated marijuana market in NYS outweigh the potential negative impacts.”

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Dan M. Clark

Dan M. Clark is the Albany reporter for the New York Law Journal. He covers the state Court of Appeals, the state legislature, state regulators, and more. Email Dan anytime at [email protected]

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