The New York Farm Bureau on Monday became the latest organization to endorse the legalization of marijuana in the state as the bill remains one of the most closely watched proposals at the close of the legislative session.
“Given the current status of the farm economy in New York State, farmers recognize the potential opportunity the cultivation of cannabis could be for New York State’s agriculture industry,” the Farm Bureau wrote in a memorandum of support.
“For a successful implementation of a cannabis program in New York State, if legalized, farmers must to have an active role in the growth and production, as well as development and implementation of the recreational cannabis program in the state. Farmers encourage the establishment of an advisory board which the bill creates; however, New York Farm Bureau recommends a set number of seats to be reserved for farmers to provide local grower input into the program.”
The endorsement comes as a Siena College poll released this morning found voters in New York back marijuana legalization 55 percent to 40 percent, up slightly from a 52 percent to 42 percent in an April poll.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said he would sign legislation legalizing marijuana if it comes to his desk, but has doubted whether it has the support in the Democratic-led state Senate to pass.