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Republicans in legislature want to ban public cannabis smoking

Jul 21, 2023 12:21 am

Nick Reisman reports for New York State of Politics that many Republicans in the state Legislature want to ban smoking cannabis in public places in New York, after two years of legalization with few stores open for sales. State Sen. George Borrello said, “State residents, including children, are now regularly assailed with the pungent odor of marijuana on public sidewalks, in parking lots and other public spaces.... Many New Yorkers don’t want to be exposed to either the effects of marijuana smoke or its smell and don’t want their children subjected to it." State cannabis regulators announced a process this week to sell cannabis at large events and festivals, as they get continued criticism for the slow rollout of stores. Republicans want to fine folks smoking cannabis in public up to $125. Read more about this story at New York State of Politics.