Discussion on legalized marijuana: 'How do we get everybody on the table?'

May 16, 2019 09:29 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) -- The head of Rochester's Chamber of Commerce defended himself Thursday against criticism over a discussion on legalized marijuana.

A sold-out panel talk called "CannaBusinesss: Capitalizing on the Cannabis Economy" focused on issues that a change in state law would mean.

Speakers addressed recreational marijuana's impact on farming, business, and social justice.

"The chamber is not taking a position one way or another, we're trying to bring all sides together, all points in, and our focus is with the political inclinations where the state is going. It's going to be legalized at some point, 2019, 2020, how do we prepare for that, how do we get everybody to the table," said Bob Duffy, CEO, president of Rochester Chamber of Commerce. 

In response to Thursday's forum, the head of Smart Approaches to Marijana New York said, "Despite the rosy projections of the cannabis industry representatives that paid for this event, you can expect big marijuana will use the same dangerous methods and products they've used in other states to victimize at-risk populations."


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