Recreational marijuana in New York: More counties say they will opt out


Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks to reporters in the state Capitol on Monday, March 11, 2019.
Jon Campbell, Albany Bureau

ALBANY – County leaders are lining up to opt out of allowing legal marijuana sales even if New York legalizes the drug.

Executives in Rockland, Putnam and Chemung counties told the USA TODAY Network’s Albany Bureau this week they will recommend prohibiting marijuana sales within their borders should Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s legalization proposal be approved.

They added their names to a list that already included county executives in more at


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