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Senator Borello introduces bill to ban public marijuana consumption


NEW YORK – In a landmark move, New⁣ York State ⁣legalized the adult⁤ use of marijuana in 2021, and the impact of⁢ this decision is already being felt in Western New York with the opening ⁢of the region’s first licensed cannabis dispensary.

However, the legalization has also sparked ​a debate about​ public consumption of marijuana, ​leading to a proposed ‍legislation by ⁤New ⁣York State Senator George Borrello (R – NY)⁣ to regulate its use in ‍public ​places.

“Since the enactment of the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA) in 2021, I’ve received many complaints from concerned ​constituents about the⁤ increase in public pot consumption. 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,” said Sen. Borrello.

The proposed legislation aims to prohibit the smoking and consumption of⁤ marijuana in​ public places unless specifically authorized. It would also allow cities and towns to‍ enact ordinances regarding whether and‌ where marijuana could be publicly consumed, with a ‍$125 fine for violations.

Sen. Borrello emphasized the need to differentiate between tobacco consumption and marijuana use, stating that nearly all states that have legalized recreational marijuana have limited its usage to ⁤private property. He argued that marijuana’s psychoactive effects and potential impairment make it inappropriate to apply the same public usage rules as tobacco.

As the debate continues, it is clear that⁢ the legalization of marijuana in New‍ York State ​is not without its challenges, and finding ‍a ‌balance ⁢between personal freedom and public safety remains a key issue.

For ⁤more information on the proposed legislation, visit the official website of the New York State Senate.

Alejandro Mendoza
Alejandro Mendoza
Alejandro Mendoza is a dedicated journalist, known for his in-depth research and commitment to truth. A graduate of Columbia University's School of Journalism, he specializes in revealing and reporting on significant local issues.
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  1. Agree

    This bill is a step in the right direction to protect public spaces and promote responsible behavior. Public marijuana consumption can be disruptive and should be regulated.


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