New Yorkers With Pot Convictions Will Now Be the First to Get to Sell It• www.goodnewsnetwork.org, By Andy Corbley
New Yorkers with past cannabis conviction charges will be the first to have the opportunity to obtain a Conditional Adult-Use Retail Dispensary licenses.
Once the center of "stop and frisk," the 2021 legalization of cannabis for adult use in the state of New York was underpinned by a commitment to benefit those most harmed by war on drug policies.
The Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act looked at other states' similar bills and found that due to excessive regulations, the largest cannabis industry leaders cobbled up most of the opportunities.
But because the war on drugs for so long has terrorized black and brown minority individuals, it only seemed right to let them be the first ones to receive an economic boon from the newly-legalized substance.