NYers with pot convictions get first shot at retail licensing [POLL]

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NEW YORK – New York is one step closer to seeing the legalized sale of cannabis products become a reality.

On March 10, Governor Kathy Hochul announced a nation-first initiative that will allow people with prior weed-related criminal offenses to make the first adult-use cannabis sales with products grown by New York farmers. .

The “Seeding Opportunity Initiative” will make sales possible in the state before the end of 2022, according to a press release.

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Hochul said the state is making history with this approach to the marijuana industry by taking a big step to right past wrongs.

“The regulations put forward by the Cannabis Control Commission today will prioritize local farmers and entrepreneurs, creating jobs and opportunities for communities that have been left behind and left behind,” she said. declared. “I’m proud that New York is a national model for the safe, fair, and inclusive industry we’re building right now.”

The council has opened regulations for public comment to have a subset of dispensaries owned by “equity entrepreneurs with a prior criminal cannabis offense who also have a history of owning and operating a small business”. Officials said they would be the first to open and sell legal cannabis products in the state.

The council also approved a license application for hemp growers who want to grow cannabis for adult use this spring. The portal to complete the application opened on Wednesday.

Chris Alexander, who is the executive director of the state’s Office of Cannabis Management, told The New York Times that he expects between 100 and 200 of the licenses to be granted to people who have been convicted of a pot-related crime before the drug was legalized. Licenses can also go to someone who has a family member with a marijuana conviction.

In the state, black and Latino residents were significantly more likely than non-Hispanic white people to be arrested for illegal pot.

Kassandra Frederique, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, said New York is the national marijuana arrest capital with more than 800,000 arrests over the past 20 years, Fox Business reported.

She said it was encouraging that the state is trying to help the people who stand to benefit the most.

“The scale of the damage in New York is so vast that NY must now be intentional to comprehensively address the heavy toll of criminalization on individuals and communities,” Frédérique told Fox Business.

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