Montel Williams, former talk show host discusses marijuana legalization in Albany

Originally published in News 10 ABC on February 17, 2018.

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The fight to legalize marijuana continued Saturday, as lawmakers and members of the community came together for a workshop to discuss its benefits.

The workshop was held in the Empire State Plaza Convention Center and activist/former talk show host Montel Williams was the guest speaker.

A part of the New York Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators Conference, the workshop focused on how legalizing marijuana could help reduce the mass incarceration and opioid problems in our state and even the country.

[Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes] is cosponsoring a bill with multiple lawmakers including NYS Senator Velmanette Montgomery that would tax and regulate marijuana in New York as is done with alcohol. Each legislator believes there’s no time to wait.

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