State hosts meeting on LI to discuss legalization of marijuana

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The state hosted a meeting at Hofstra University Thursday night to discuss legalizing the recreational use of marijuana.

A spokesperson for Gov. Andrew Cuomo told News 12, "These listening sessions are critical vehicles for New Yorkers to make their voices heard, and we look forward to hearing from Long Island residents as we move this issue forward."

Gov. Cuomo has appointed a group to draft legislation for the regulation and adult use of the drug. Proponents of legalizing marijuana hope to pass legislation next year.

A veteran who attended the meeting says he uses cannabis to treat PTSD.

Others at the meeting say they want to see efforts to legalize marijuana for recreational use stopped.

The listening session is one of many held across New York.

Another meeting is scheduled in Suffolk County on Oct. 16.

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