From the Morning Memo:

A coalition of doctors backing the legalization of marijuana in New York on Wednesday will release an open letter urging the passage of the bill in the final days of the legislative session.

In the letter, the group Doctors for Cannabis Regulation address concerns raised by the bill regarding public safety as well as opioid drug use.

“In states that have legalized cannabis for adult-use, opioid fatalities have notably declined,” the letter states. “This is promising foundational data, given that research has shown that legalization is associated with more informed doctor-patient conversations on the topic of medical cannabis treatment.”

And the letter touts the regulations surrounding product safety, with the tax revenue meant to in part benefit studies surrounding marijuana use.

“Regulatory oversight of the production, packaging, and sale of cannabis protects consumers while shielding them from risks present in the illicit marketplace,” the letter states. “Generated tax revenue from adult-use cannabis regulations can be allocated for medical research, substance abuse treatment, and community reinvestment efforts.”

The letter comes as a Siena College poll this week found a majority of voters, 55 percent to 40 percent. That a slight increase in support from a 52 percent to 42 percent, according to a similar poll in April.

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