Sessions For Marijuana Legalization Scheduled

A series of listening sessions on regulated marijuana will be held across New York state in September and October.

The purpose of these sessions is to garner input from community members and key stakeholders on the implementation of a regulated marijuana program in New York state. This input will assist the Regulated Marijuana Workgroup in drafting legislation for an adult-use marijuana program for the legislature to consider in the upcoming session.

“Community input is critical as we work to draft balanced and comprehensive legislation on a regulated marijuana program in New York,” said Gov. Andrew 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.”

Fifteen listening sessions will be conducted across New York State in the following locations: Albany, Glens Falls, Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island, Long Island, Newburgh, Binghamton, Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Utica and Watertown. The listening sessions will begin in early September and be completed by mid-October. Listening sessions, which will be held in the evening and consist of facilitated discussion, will be open to the public, and to accommodate all those planning to attend, pre-registration will be encouraged.

Sessions will be held at the following dates and locations:

¯ Wednesday — Albany

¯ Thursday — Glens Falls

¯ Monday, Sept. 17 — Bronx

¯ Thursday, Sept. 20 — Manhattan

¯ Monday, Sept. 24 — Queens

¯ Tuesday, Sept. 25 — Brooklyn

¯ Wednesday, Sept. — 26 — Staten Island

¯ Thursday, Sept. 27 — Long Island

¯ Monday, Oct. 1 — Newburgh

¯ Tuesday, Oct. 2 — Binghamton

¯ Wednesday, Oct. 3 — Buffalo

¯ Thursday, Oct. 4 — Rochester

¯ Tuesday, Oct. 9 — Syracuse

¯ Wednesday, Oct. 10 — Utica

¯ Thursday, Oct. 11 — Watertown.

Information regarding specific venues and pre-registration is available at