It looks like a medical marijuana bill has a good chance to make it through the NY state legislature this year.

But Gov. Andrew Cuomo has expressed doubts about the bill, arguing that marijuana use leads to more dangerous recreational drug use.

On Thursday, The Wall Street Journal reported:

… The Democratic governor said he was concerned the Legislature’s effort could backfire.

“This sets up an entire system for marijuana growing, production, distribution, sales, and if you’re not careful and the system isn’t done well, this could actually turn into a major negative,” Mr. Cuomo said, calling marijuana a gateway drug for other illegal substances.

“We want to make it work,” he said. “But we also recognize the downside, which is if you don’t put in the correct system, you could have a serious problem on your hands.”

Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.