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Drafting Legislation

David R. Holtgrave has been appointed by Governor Cuomo to sit on a workgroup that will draft legislation for a regulated adult-use marijuana program in New York State.

ALBANY, N.Y. (August 28, 2018) – The dean of the School of Public Health has been appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo to join a workgroup that will draft legislation for a regulated adult-use marijuana program for the legislature to consider.

David R. Holtgrave will sit on the 20-member workgroup comprised of experts in public health, public safety and economics, and leaders of relevant state agencies.

Overseen by the counsel to the governor, Alphonso David, the group will make recommendations to the state and engage with the leadership of both the State Senate and the State Assembly, as well as bill sponsors of medical and regulated marijuana, advocates and academic experts with experience from other states.

In January, Governor Cuomo directed the DOH to conduct a study of a regulated marijuana program in New York State to determine the health, economic and criminal justice impacts of a regulated market and the consequences to New York State resulting from legalization in surrounding states, according to a press release issued by the governor’s office. The report stated that the positive impact of a regulated marijuana market in New York State outweighs the potential negative aspects.

Holtgrave, who began as dean in March, echoed the importance of such a workgroup, noting “the charge to balance impact on public health, tax revenue and criminal justice issues while mitigating any possible harms is a complex task. It is an honor to serve on this important and timely working group, and I appreciate the opportunity to make useful contributions to these deliberations.”

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