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Letter: NY can learn pitfalls, benefits of legal marijuana

Cuttings at Sira Naturals medical marijuana in Milford,

Cuttings at Sira Naturals medical marijuana in Milford, Mass., in July. The state awarded Sira a provisional license to grow cannabis for recreational sales. Credit: AP / Steven Senne

As the New York State Legislature prepares for the next term, it will be listening to the opinions of stakeholders in what will become a marijuana marketplace.

The state Department of Health’s report released in June made it evident that legalized recreational marijuana is coming to New York [“Backing legal marijuana,” News, June 19].

The question now is: What will that look like? Fortunately for New York, we can learn from states that have taken this step before us and learn from their errors.

Hearings and public forums will give those legislating the creation of one the nation’s largest marijuana marketplaces the chance to minimize negative consequences while maximizing the rewards of recreational marijuana.

Steven Epstein, Garden City