Mayor de Blasio proclaims support for legal marijuana in New York

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NEW YORK CITY -

Mayor Bill de Blasio made a proclamation Thursday in support of legalizing marijuana.

The mayor's Task Force on Cannabis Legalization issued a report recommending the automatic expungement of criminal records relating to personal use and possession of certain quantity convictions, if marijuana becomes legalized.

Other recommendations include protecting public health by enforcing an age limit of 21 and over and ensuring product safety.

The mayor emphasized the need for the city to be thorough in legalizing marijuana.

"We have one chance to get it right. This is unlike so many other things that we have dealt with. We have a chance to get it right here from the beginning because we're at the starting line," says Mayor de Blasio. "And if we just legalize marijuana and don't deal with underlying issues, we will look back and say what a lost opportunity it was."

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