Sheriff: Legalizing Recreational Marijuana Is 'A Train Wreck Coming'Posted: Updated:
Governor Cuomo announced Monday he wants to push for the legalization of recreational marijuana within the next few months.
While some are in favor of the recreational use, others are against it.
Dr. Thomas Madejski, president of the Medical Society of the State of New York, outlines why the possibility of legalizing pot is harmful.
"Once we increase use, we're going to have potentially the issues like we had with an increased use of opioids. That may be harmful to individual patients and to society as a whole," he said.
Despite what supporters claim, Madejski says marijuana can be considered an addictive drug, and that the mind-altering effects will only have a negative impact.
Not only are medical professionals concerned, law enforcement is as well.
Lewis County Sheriff Mike Carpinelli says if marijuana becomes legal in New York, it will be a burden.
"We start having automobile crashes, we start having more kids failing in schools, employees failing at work. It's a train wreck. It's a train wreck coming," he said.
Currently, 10 states and Washington D.C. have all legalized recreational marijuana.
Sheriff Carpinelli says his department will be prepared one way or the other.
"What I am trying to do is I'm trying to rally the rest of the sheriffs in the state of New York to tell this governor it's a bad idea," he said.
Governor Cuomo's announcement was only the latest step in his push to legalize marijuana in New York. Cuomo will likely address this further in his State of the State Address next month.