As recently as last year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo called marijuana a gateway drug, and when he allowed New York to develop a medical marijuana program, he made sure it was the strictest in the country.

But just this past week, Health Commissioner Howard Zucker, who Cuomo picked to lead the department in 2015, said that the Health Department had concluded a study (although not yet published) that would recommend the legalization of marijuana in the state.

At the announcement, he echoed Cuomo’s rationale for the study that with Massachusettes already having legalized it, and Vermont’s legalization law about to go into effect, New York needed to look at the effect of that changing legislation on the Empire State.

But have the dangers of marijuana use changed? Fox 5 spoke with two experts on the issue about the risks for New Yorkers, particularly the youth.

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