State lawmakers would vote on the legislature in the upcoming session.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is taking the next steps to legalize marijuana in the state by appointing a workgroup to draft legislation.

Last month, a multi-agency study, led by the Department of Health, concluded that the positive impacts of a regulated marijuana market in New York State outweigh the potential negative impacts, and that areas that may be a cause for concern can be mitigated with regulation and proper use of public education that is tailored to address key populations.

"I have reviewed the multi-agency report commissioned last January and have discussed its findings with Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker," said Gov. Cuomo. "The next steps must be taken thoughtfully and deliberately. As we work to implement the report's recommendations through legislation, we must thoroughly consider all aspects of a regulated marijuana program, including its impact on public health, criminal justice and State revenue, and mitigate any potential risks associated with it. I thank the members of the workgroup for their time and expertise as we work to craft a model program."

The workgroup will be overseen by Counsel to the Governor Alphonso David and consist of experts in public health, public safety and economics, and the leaders of relevant state agencies.

State lawmakers would vote on the legislature in the upcoming session.