There does not appear to be much hope of the New York Legislature pulling together in the next couple of years to legalize marijuana for recreational use. It is for this reason that a group of cannabis advocates from Albany is hoping to get this reform on the books by way of constitution convention – a process that would bypass legislative forces altogether and be put the question of legalization, solely, in the hands of the people.
An organization going by the name Restrict & Regulate in NY State 2019 (RRNY) is reportedly on the move to persuade New York residents to get behind a push for a constitutional convention. The goal is to use this campaign as a backdoor to a fully legal cannabis trade.
New York is one of 15 states that give voters a say on whether to change the state constitution. It is an opportunity that only happens once every 20 years. In fact, the last time New Yorkers voted favorably on the matter was back in 1967. It was rejected in both 1977 and 1997.
However, the group believes that New York voters will definitely go for it this time around. And if they do, changes to the state constitution could be realized in April 2019 – potentially putting…