Colorado legalized marijuana a number of years ago. The NYS Legislature might legalize marijuana later this year. Yesterday, the Greenburgh Town Board spoke with two Colorado officials about their experiences dealing with recreational marijuana. Our discussion lasted about an hour and fifteen minutes. Special thanks to Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser, a former resident of Greenburgh (Phil chaired by transition team after my first election) who put me in contact with the speakers.
If you would like to watch the video please click on to the following links:
Here is the link:
Greenburgh Town Board Discusses NYS Legalization of Marijuana with Colorado Officials - YouTube
Town Board Work Session 3/19/19 Town of Greenburgh.
Here are the links to the two surveys that that Jack Reed mentioned. The state one had over 47,000 high school responses from all areas of the state, including the largest school districts, in 2017. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health is conducted by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Both show no increase in use since legalization
Healthy Kids Colorado Survey (47,000 high school students surveyed across the state): https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/marijuanahealthinfo/HKCS-data
National Survey on Drug Use and Health: https://pdas.samhsa.gov/saes/state
Bio: Jack K. Reed is a statistical analyst with the Colorado Division of Criminal Justice’s Office of Research and Statistics. He joined the office in 2014, bringing experience in data analysis, research design, and project evaluation. Jack is primarily tasked with analyzing the impact of marijuana legalization on law enforcement, juveniles, public health, education, impaired driving, and diversion to other markets. He has experience evaluating specialty courts, community corrections programs, jail-based treatment programs, and strategic planning in the criminal justice system. Jack has a B.A. in Criminal Justice from the University of Nevada, Reno and an M.A. in Criminal Justice from the University at Albany, State University of New York.
Michael Song is a Chief Deputy District Attorney for the City and County of Denver. Prior to joining the office, Michael served as the Assistant Attorney General for the Colorado Attorney General’s Office. Michael was the first Marijuana Attorney in the United States to work in an AG’s Office. Michael also served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Hawaii and the District of Columbia where he tried cases in U.S. District Court and briefed and argued appeals to the U.S. Court of Appeals. Michael served as a law clerk to The Honorable Royce C. Lamberth of the U.S. District Court in the D.C. Circuit.
Michael graduated from the University of Texas with a juris doctorate degree from the law school and a master's degree in public affairs from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. Michael earned an M.B.A from Pepperdine University Graziadio School of Business and graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point.
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