The move to allow medical marijuana would be good first step to legalizing recreational use of pot in New York state, which has been proposed by state Sen. Liz Krueger of Manhattan.
She has rightly argued that legalizing and taxing recreational marijuana would add money to state coffers, reduce the costs of law enforcement agencies in fighting illegal drugs and stop turning recreational users into criminals.
Cary Brunswick, of Oneonta, is a freelance writer and editor. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of The Daily Star and its editorial board.