Currents News Special: Going to Pot

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Currents News Staff

New York’s Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer says that he and his colleagues will be introducing legislation to decriminalize marijuana at the federal level, but opponents oppose the move saying the unintended consequences will put young people at risk.

The move comes after Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently signed a bill into law allowing recreational use of cannabis throughout New York State. The Governor says it will raise revenue and end the practice of over policing in communities of color.

Parts of the new law are already in affect, but Brooklyn’s Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio is against it and cites the science behind his objections. A new study by the National Institute of Drug Abuse backs up those concerns, finding that children between the ages of 12 and 17 have more than a 10% chance of developing a substance use disorder after first trying marijuana. 

Currents News will air a special report on legalizing pot and if it has a chance of becoming the law of the land.