Foss: New York will legalize marijuana | The Daily Gazette

It might take a few years, but make no mistake: New York is going to legalize marijuana. 

That’s my main takeaway from the state Department of Health’s recently released report assessing the impact of creating a legal, regulated marketplace for pot. 

It’s a lengthy document, but it ultimately concludes that the positives outweigh the negatives, and that New York should legalize marijuana for recreational use. 

That’s the same conclusion I’ve come to, in large part because marijuana simply isn’t dangerous enough to justify criminalizing it, or treating the people who consume it as dangerous criminals. 

Beyond that, our strategy for dealing with pot more at