New York is Setting a National Example for Reform with Community Reinvestment, Social Equity, and Justice Front and Center
In response to the agreement on New York marijuana legalization announced last night, Melissa Moore, New York State Director of the Drug Policy Alliance and member of Start SMART NY Coalition (Sensible Marijuana Access through Regulated Trade), released the following statement:
“At long last, marijuana reform is finally almost a reality in New York State. Through the tireless work of people impacted by prohibition, advocates and champion lawmakers, like Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes and Senator Liz Krueger, New York is on the precipice of ushering in a new era of marijuana justice.
Advancing legalization in New York also puts another nail in the coffin of the war on drugs that has devastated so many communities across the state. By comprehensively addressing the harms of past criminalization, this legislation will create one of the most ambitious marijuana legalization programs in the country. It is setting a national model for reform with community reinvestment, social equity, and justice front and center.
We will continue to work with lawmakers to ensure the best possible outcome for all New Yorkers and look forward to the Legislature passing the bill and the Governor's signature on these historic reforms."