Long Island residents against pot

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Nassau County Residents Speak Out Against Legal Weed

March 22, 2019 - 2:15 pm

ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. (WCBS 880) -- A group of clergy, school employees and other concerned residents on Long Island are calling on lawmakers to put the brakes on legal weed.

"I'm here out of fear and concern for the safety and health of all our youth," said Elizabeth Boylan, a mother of three. 

Boylan joined members of Smart Approaches to Marijuana New York in Rockville Centre where they pleaded with lawmakers to never approve the legalization of recreational marijuana.

"I want you all to take a look at what's down the street it's our cathedral. You know what that cathedral does? It gets the end result of all the overdoses, of all the suicides of our young people. I've been to way too many," said Boylan. "I am here out of the concern of the young people we have lost. This bill, after I read it, I was convinced it was not written by the citizens of New York state, it was written by those in the pot industry."

"State lawmakers seem to be very concerned about vaping, and the message is going kids should stay away from vaping and there's all these ads against vaping, but yet they're going to encourage our kids to use recreational marijuana.  I ask that our legislators not put profits over people," said Chris Cartier, the assistant principal of Kellenberg High School.

So far the measure has been dropped from the current New York state budget.

Earlier this week, a task force recommended Nassau County "opt out of of all cannabis-related commercial businesses" if a bill legalizing recreational weed in the state passses in its current form.  

County Executive Laura Curran said based on the task force's findings and input from stakeholders and residents, she has decided that "now is not the time" for the legalized sale of marijuana in the county.