A series of listening sessions on regulated marijuana will be held across New York State in September and October.

Governor Andrew Cuomo says the purpose of the sessions is to get input from community members and key stakeholders on the implementation of a regulated marijuana program in New York State.

Cuomo says the input will assist the Regulated Marijuana Workgroup in drafting legislation for an adult-use marijuana program for the legislature to consider in the upcoming session.

"Community input is critical as we work to draft balanced and comprehensive legislation on a regulated marijuana program in New York,"  Cuomo said. "The multi-agency report identified the benefits of a regulated marijuana market, and with these listening sessions we are taking another important step to develop a model program for New York. We look forward to hearing what New Yorkers in every corner of the state have to say."

One of the 15 listening sessions will be held in Utica on Wednesday, October 10th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

A location for the session has yet to be determined.