Brown in Favor of Study to Legalize Marijuana

Mayor, in general, not for legalization

Mike Baggerman
January 18, 2018 - 3:00 am

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown was rather blunt about his views of marijuana in an interview with WBEN on Wednesday.

In his annual State of the State address, Governor Cuomo said New York State will examine the legalization of marijuana by first conducting a scientific study on its effects.

"I'm personally not in favor of the legalization of marijuana," he said. "I think it's smart to study it. I know that there are states that have legalized. I know that there are people in the community who are asking for the consideration of the legalization. I think the only sound way to make a decision is to study it."

Brown, who said he has never smoked marijuana, said he wants to know whether it makes people dumber or slower. He was also curious about its effect on women who are pregnant and its effect from one generation to the next. 

"How does it stay out of the hands of children, people under the age of 18 if it is legalized?" Brown asked. "We do know from science that younger people that use marijuana lose IQ points that they can never retrieve if they use for a long period of time."

The mayor did acknowledge that societal attitudes about marijuana have changed over the years and he believes that it's something that should not be criminalized to the extent it is. He also mpted he has not spoken to Buffalo Police about the enforcement of marijuana.

"The police are there to enforce the laws that are on the books," Brown said.

In his speech Tuesday, the governor noted that Massachusetts has legalized marijuana use while New Jersey is already in the process of legalizing it. 

LISTEN: Mayor Byron Brown's views on legalizing marijuana

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