Gov. Andrew Cuomo has called for the Department of Health to take a closer look at the possibility of legalizing recreational marijuana.
In his State of the State address, the governor asked the department to conduct a study on the health, economic and criminal justice impact that New York state could face if marijuana was legalized.
He also asked them to look into the impacts on New York state due to other states legalizing marijuana nearby and federal actions. Recently, a policy at the federal level was lifted by Attorney General Jeff Sessions that previously deterred the federal government from coming down on states where marijuana is legal.
County Executive George Borrello said he would like to know what the parameters for the study will be and if it will be a comprehensive study. Borrello said he wondered what the impact would be when it comes to workforce readiness.
During his time visiting businesses, Borrello said one of the biggest complaints is that businesses cannot find workers who can pass a drug test and show up for work on time.