Governor Andrew Cuomo wants the State Health Department to study the possible impacts of legalizing recreational marijuana in New York.
The state already allows people being treated for certain conditions to use the drug for medical purposes.
New Yorkers are closely divided on the idea of legalizing pot. According to a Siena College Poll last July 49 percent were in favor of it, and 47 percent were opposed.
Anca Seger, M.D., is a psychiatrist with Rochester Regional Health who specializes in addiction treatment.
One of her concerns is that marijuana, which is more potent than it was in the 1970s, would be readily available and socially acceptable if legalized, and therefore people may start smoking the drug at an earlier