New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a series of listening sessions on regulating marijuana. The sessions will be held across New York State in September and October with the hope of gaining community input on the subject.
The information that comes out of the sessions will help the Regulated Marijuana Workgroup draft legislation for an adult-use marijuana program for the legislature to consider in the upcoming session.
Buffalo will be hosting a listening session on Wednesday, October 3rd. The venue is still TBD. More information on the sessions can be seen here.
"Community input is critical as we work to draft balanced and comprehensive legislation on a regulated marijuana program in New York," Governor Cuomo said. "The multi-agency report identified the benefits of a regulated marijuana market, and with these listening sessions we are taking another important step to develop a model program for New York. We look forward to hearing what New Yorkers in every corner of the state have to say."
The announcement of the series comes less than a day after the only Gubernatorial Debate where both Governor Cuomo and Democratic challenger Cynthia Nixon agreed that the legalization of marijuana should occur.
Below is the list of all dates and locations for the listening series:
Wednesday, September 5 - Albany
Thursday, September 6 - Glens Falls
Monday, September 17 - Bronx
Thursday, September 20 - Manhattan
Monday, September 24 - Queens
Tuesday, September 25 - Brooklyn
Wednesday, September 26 - Staten Island
Thursday, September 27 - Long Island
Monday, October 1 - Newburgh
Tuesday, October 2 - Binghamton
Wednesday, October 3 - Buffalo
Thursday, October 4 - Rochester
Tuesday, October 9 - Syracuse
Wednesday, October 10 - Utica
Thursday, October 11 - Watertown