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More than 4,000 lawyers are attending the New York State Bar Association’s annual meeting this week in Manhattan.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is again pushing this year a marijuana bill that would bring together, under a single new state office, the multifaceted regulation and taxation of the growing marijuana industry in the state, said an assistant counsel to the governor at a state bar conference Tuesday.

If passed in full, the Cannabis Regulation and Taxation Act would legalize adult, recreational use of marijuana in New York for the first time. But as the assistant counsel, Axel Bernabe, made clear Tuesday while speaking to a conference room full of lawyers at the New York State Bar Association’s annual meeting, if that controversial aspect of the sprawling proposal is thwarted—as it was last year by legislators—there are many other elements of the bill.

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Jason Grant

Jason Grant is a staff writer covering legal stories and cases for the New York Law Journal, the National Law Journal and Law.com, and a former practicing attorney. He's written and reported previously for the New York Times, the Star-Ledger, the L.A. Times and other publications. Contact him at [email protected] On Twitter, pls find him @JasonBarrGrant

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