A new cannabis resource center that aims to enhance equity in the state’s marijuana business opened its doors in New York City on Sunday. A highly anticipated federal marijuana legalization bill was just days away from being filed by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY).
The leader stated that New York’s cannabis law, in particular its equity measures, ought to serve as a model for the rest of the country.
He stressed the need for a change in federal policy in order to promote social equity to the greatest extent possible, despite the fact that the state’s reform plan is a step in the right way.
Schumer claims that there is a connection between the Current York legalizing law and his new proposal to end the ban.
Both measures have as their main objectives removing the criminalization of cannabis and specifically helping people who have been disproportionately hurt by the drug war.
On the occasion, Schumer declared, “We’re attempting to replicate what New York has done at the federal level—not just in legalization and ending criminalization, but also in making sure social justice is a fundamental component of any legislation.”
He continued by saying that he and his colleagues have made “some progress” in winning over “conservative Republicans and libertarians” to their cause of legalizing marijuana.
They all smoke too, a member of the audience commented after seeing that aspect.
Schumer nodded and said, “Yeah, they smoke.” As laughter erupted throughout the room.
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