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WNY NORML hopeful with five states voting on legal marijuana

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Posted at 11:31 PM, Nov 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-07 23:31:36-05

Tuesday, voters in five states will decide whether marijuana should be legal for recreational use.
Marijuana legalization bills are on the ballot in California, Massachusetts, Maine, Arizona and Nevada.

One group in Buffalo hopes New York will one day be on that list.  

Western New York NORML (The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) is a small group pushing for change when it comes to cannabis, including for recreational use.

A bill for recreational marijuana in New York never made it out of committee in last year's session in Albany. Members of WNY NORML say that is one the most difficult obstacles to overcome.

“While there is enough popular sentiment to get recreational legalization, the sentiment is not shared by the legislators,” said Edward Garrett of NORML.

One big argument this group has is freedom. They believe adults should have the right to choose if they use marijuana or not. They believe businesses should have the right to choose whether or not they want to sell marijuana. 

NORML will keep fighting for legalization both in Albany and for public opinion. And with more states on the verge of legalization, they are hopeful seeing activists in other states achieve their goals.