Akshar Asks Constituents To Weigh-in On Legalization Of Recreational Marijuana

By: Grady Thompson

Akshar asks constituents to weigh-in on legalization of recreational marijuana A marijuana dispensary in Denver in 2013. Senator Fred Akshar released the latest of his community voice surveys on Saturday to hear from constituents about Governor Cuomo's proposal to legalize recreational marijuana. (AP File photo)

CHENANGO COUNTY – On Saturday Senator Fred Akshar released his latest online community voice survey to gauge the opinions of 52nd Senate District constituents on the legalization of recreational marijuana.

The survey can be found at www.Akshar.NYSenate.gov. It asks constituents to weigh-in on key provisions of Governor Cuomo's proposal to legalize recreational marijuana.

The provisions include: "Establishing separate licensing programs for marijuana growers, distributors and retailers, with a ban on growers also opening retail shops; imposing a 20 percent state tax and two percent local tax on the sale of the drug from wholesalers to retailers, plus a per-gram tax on growers; allowing counties and large cities to ban marijuana sales within their boundaries; and banning marijuana sales to anyone under the age of 21."

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In a press release announcing the survey, Akshar said, "While I'm personally opposed to legalizing recreational marijuana, it's important for the people of the 52nd Senate District to have a chance to weigh in on this issue. Make no mistake, I always make it a point to do my own research and always vote my conscience on every piece of legislation that comes before me in the Senate, but I wouldn't be doing my job as state senator if I didn't actively listen to the people I represent."

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