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Governor Cuomo unveiled his plan for legalizing recreational marijuana during his State of the State address Tuesday.
"It generates approximately $300 million in tax revenue and creates good union jobs that we need," he said.
Cuomo's proposal allows the retail sale of marijuana. However, people are not permitted to grow their own. Counties and large cities can choose to opt out of selling marijuana if they choose as well.
"It implements quality control, counties and large cities can opt out, so we are not telling them what to do, but they have to affirmatively opt out of the program," said Cuomo.
But Scott Gray, the chair of the board of the Jefferson County Legislature, does not support the opt-out option for the county.
"My position is, if they are going to legalize it, just legalize it across the board," he said.
Joe Lightfoot, the chair of the board of legislators of St. Lawrence County wants to hear from other legislators on the issue.
"I would want to have that brought before our board and have it be a board discussion and decision," said Lightfoot.
As for Lightfoot's personal opinion on marijuana:
"I am against it. I think it's ridiculous that we are singing the praises of marijuana now when we are trying to stop people from smoking cigarettes," he said.
Cuomo's adult-use cannabis program will also automatically seal certain marijuana related criminal records.
We also reached out to Lawrence Dolhof, the chair of legislators for Lewis County, but haven't heard from him yet.