Legalize marijuana in New York, advocates say at Cuomo’s ‘listening session’ in Manhattan

Manhattan residents are clear: It’s time to legalize marijuana in New York.

Residents overwhelmingly backed decriminalization at a listening session held Thursday night by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office in lower Manhattan. It was the latest in a series of public hearings organized by the governor’s office to provide advice on different legislative and regulatory approaches to legalization.

A lifelong New Yorker, Kim B., told the panel — made up of experts in public safety, economics and health — that “the plant is for the people,” contending that everyone has to right to live as they wish.