Sheriffs across New York are weighing in on the potential legalization of recreational marijuana.
On Thursday press conferences were held in the North Country, Southern tier, Mohawk valley and Albany. One of their concerns is the risk of people driving under the influence, an issue sheriffs say is just as bad as drinking and driving.
"The increase in emergency room visits, the increase of car crashes, car deaths, just the overall increase in crime rates and the other issues that are going to be caused in our healthcare industry," said St. Lawrence County sheriff Kevin Wells.
In terms of healthcare, sheriffs are concerned that legalization will increase the black market sales of contaminated marijuana.