On Wednesday, New York governor, Andrew Cuomo, unveiled basic details about his proposed marijuana legalization plan for 2021.
During his briefing he stated these concerns, “I think too many people have been imprisoned and incarcerated and punished, too many people are black, Latino and poor. It’s exaggerated the injustice of the justice system. For years, I’ve tried to pass it, but this is a year where we do need the funding and a lot of New Yorkers are struggling, so I think this year will give us the momentum to get it over the goal line.”
Cuomo stressed urgency with New York’s plan by comparing it to neighboring states already in the process of legalization. His stance was well received when he stated, “As everyone knows, Massachusetts has legalized marijuana. New Jersey is going to legalize marijuana. So, what are we really talking about at this point?”
The governor’s plan is to create an “equitable structure” for the cannabis market by offering licensing opportunities and assistance to entrepreneurs in communities of color who have been disproportionately impacted by the war on drugs. Cuomo’s proposal would establish a new office of cannabis…