Nassau lawmakers to vote on banning marijuana use at county-owned properties
Nassau lawmakers are expected to vote on a measure to ban marijuana use at all county-owned properties.
Under state law, anyone over the age of 21 is allowed to possess up to 3 ounces of marijuana.
Legislator Steve Rhoads, along with other leaders, announced Wednesday at Grant Park that if the new county law passes, it would ban smoking from all county-owned property as well as the sidewalks in front of county buildings.
"Here in Nassau, we are sending a clear message that we will not accept it," says Rhoads.
Rhoads says the county is trying to stop the use of marijuana. He says the state's law is irresponsible.
Ruthanne McCormack, of the Rockville Centre Coalition for Youth, believes marijuana use is going to be the "downfall of our youth and communities."
Other neighborhood coalitions, like the Saving Lives 5 Towns, agree.
"This is not something we want to be see happen to our families or our community," says Susan Blauner, of Saving Lives 5 Towns.
Not everyone agrees that there needs to be a new law. Lisa Tyson, of the Long Island Progressive Coalition, says the bill is redundant since smoking cigarettes is already banned in county parks.
"The county legislators are being ridiculous. It's already banned," says Tyson. "If you cannot smoke cigarettes somewhere, you cannot smoke marijuana. So they're just doing this for political points."
The full county Legislature is expected to vote in favor of the measure on April 26.
Even if passed, the state law still trumps county law, so residents would be able to possess marijuana -- just not smoke it.