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NYC - Lawmakers may block New York’s cannabis legalization if it doesn’t address racial inequity
    #25873173 - 03/14/19 07:15 AM (5 days, 5 hours ago)

(Fractal' note: based on NYC's track record with trying to legalize, i feel like this is bullshit, another excuse, rather than anything good. What, we cant work on it after getting a couple shops open so people dont have to rely on dealers? And "c02 pens" from china that are making people sick? Not to mention from experience this is not truly a racial problem - its a stoner problem. In the George Bush days if you looked like you smoked weed youd be likely to be stopped, period. I had many run ins and had my balls grabbed by NYPD so many times)

The strongest negotiator at the table is the often the one most willing to walk away. Black lawmakers in New York say they are willing to do just that when it comes to cannabis legalization, if racial equity is not explicitly written into the relevant sections of state governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed budget when it comes before the legislature for approval by April 1.

“Not arresting people is not good enough,” Donovan Richards, a Democratic city councilman from Queens, New York, told the New York Times on Monday (March 11). “Economic justice must be served.”

Recreational cannabis is already legal in 10 states and Washington, DC, and continues to spread across the US. Also unfolding state by state is the conversation about racial injustice as it relates to marijuana, a plant historically used as a tool of racial discrimination in the country. The federal government officials who helped craft the enforcement tactics of the “war on drugs” in the 1960s have admitted the policy was specifically designed to undermine black communities. And punishment for drug-related crimes is still widely meted out in disproportionate measures along ethnic lines. In 2017, the drug-related arrest rate for blacks was still more than double that of whites, and a study by the National Registry of Exonerations found that blacks were five times as likely as whites to go to prison for drug possession. In 2018, blacks and Latinos accounted for nearly 90% of arrests for smoking cannabis in New York City.

“The fact is we have had two criminal justice systems: one for the wealthy and the well off, and one for everyone else,” Cuomo said in December, when he introduced his intentions to legalize recreational cannabis, adding that the system had “for too long targeted the African-American and minority communities.”

But lawmakers who represent those communities say Cuomo’s proposed budget doesn’t go far enough in addressing how racial inequities will be repaired.

Crystal Peoples-Stokes, the New York state assembly’s democratic majority leader, has pointed out that other states’ recreational cannabis laws have failed to ensure that communities historically targeted by discriminatory drug-use-enforcement practices benefit economically from legalization.

“I haven’t seen anyone do it correctly,” said Peoples-Stokes, according to the New York Times. “They thought we were going to trust that at the end of the day, these communities would be invested in.” In California, for example, social-equity programs have been enacted in a handful of cities and counties, but many lament that these programs are overwhelmed and underfunded, costing program applicants the so-called “first mover” advantage. “If it’s not required in the statute, then it won’t happen,” said Peoples-Stokes.

No statistical agencies comprehensively track the racial backgrounds of cannabis business owners, but in 2017 Marijuana Business Daily surveyed 389 cannabis business and estimated that only around 4% had a black person with an ownership—though not necessarily controlling—stake.

According to the Times, Peoples-Stokes has introduced a bill that would prioritize licenses for “people from communities most affected by criminalization” and require half of all marijuana revenue in New York to be redirected to a community fund supporting job training.

The debate triggered by these competing views on how to roll out marijuana legalization may forestall legalization in any form; Cuomo said at a press conference that he was “no longer confident” that cannabis would be included in the state budget due on April 1.

It’s still possible that lawmakers could approve cannabis legalization through measures other than the budget before they adjourn in June, though according to the AP, that’s likely to be a more “politically challenging” path. But to some lawmakers, getting the details right is worth the delay.

(There is NO reason to delay, that just means more arrests :facepalm: back to black market it seems. ALSO as mentioned in the article, its not black and white thats the problem. Its rich or poor in nyc. Rich black and white people wont be getting arrested much. The problem is mostly elitism)


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Re: NYC - Lawmakers may block New York’s cannabis legalization if it doesn’t address racial inequity [Re: Fractal420]
    #25873590 - 03/14/19 12:43 PM (4 days, 23 hours ago)

Everytime you bring up weed, someone goes "what's next opiods and hallucinogens?"

All the politicians are super rich, a lot of the rich people are nepotist, they send their kids to schools for 100k a year, have their yacht clubs, their golf clubs, the Hamptons, most of the smart people go outside of the state or come from outside the country.
Don't forget this is Hilary's and Trump's state we're talking about here.
All Coumo wants is that tax money.
All the health professionals want is new social work, they make 50k everytime someone gets sent to rehab.


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Re: NYC - Lawmakers may block New York’s cannabis legalization if it doesn’t address racial inequity [Re: Konyap]
    #25873691 - 03/14/19 01:32 PM (4 days, 23 hours ago)

Id say in new york pretty much all leftists are for it but when its time to push bills through it never fucking works. "100 days and i guarantee we will have recreational marijuana" "actually, marijuana might be in trouble if its not done in 100 days"

Cuomo is a lying bastard as are all the NY politicians. Esp up in albany. And you have a medical system thats selling 200mg thc pens for $94 (plus tax prolly) and ONLY for people with serious conditions, and still no buds.

So i guess the very rich use that system if they dont still just hit up the delivery services that ask you "eddie or charlie?" Basically offering rich kids coke as easily as weed in manhattan. And that weed is fire but its like 2.5g for 100 bucks. Ive only seen people where money really isnt an issue use those regularly. Except for coke.

Its all fancy shmancy too. I just buy from a regular guy for a regular price.

So yeah, fucking people thinking that NYC cares about the poor and their weed. They dont even wanna open up a solution to "for now legalization" where maybe a few dispensaries open not controlled by the huge companies. It wouldnt be that hard. California is retroactively doing reparations.

For sure, they cater only to the rich, and i probably will never again believe cuomo or any of those politicians about MJ. And new yorkers really are very xenophobic. Schools coming out thinking its gonna be like the new vape pens, like 5th graders are gonna get their hands on recreational MJ. Not even understanding that the black market availability to children goes DOWN. When i was like under 21 and visiting LA, it was not that easy to find weed. I had to do the "venice beach method"

I would say that weed is accepted throughout most of liberal areas of BK (referring to the public), Queens, and a good part of manhattan. In polls, only staten island is kinda conservative about it. But with groups like school and police all freaking out that a little kid might find an edible, its so childish. This would be the 11th state plus DC

"Oh we will have so many accidents, and it will be all White! So black people do not support legalization! Theyre just gonna fuck you even more"

Instead lets keep it illegal and stick to what we know: prison industry money and lobbyists trying to keep it illegal under the guise of social justice

This is really fucking low. Really, i give up on NYC. If they dont at least pass a real bill by april or june im done waiting. Massachussets isnt far away and they have fire for like $325 an O which isnt terrible for rec prices

And it wasnt like LA was all for it either. When i was waiting in line for day 2 of MedMen sales in LA, people would scream "fuck you stoners" from their cars. Strangely, it happened to be mostly black dudes :shrug:

I wanna make it clear that color is not the issue here, its just the coverup. So this shouldnt be seen as some sort of anti-black statement, cause its not (this post i mean)


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Re: NYC - Lawmakers may block New York’s cannabis legalization if it doesn’t address racial inequity [Re: Fractal420] * 1
    #25873777 - 03/14/19 02:03 PM (4 days, 22 hours ago)

they don't want black people outside in plain site smoking pot
that's their only fear here, that someone might go to the store for skittles and iced tea


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Re: NYC - Lawmakers may block New York’s cannabis legalization if it doesn’t address racial inequity [Re: Konyap]
    #25873838 - 03/14/19 02:32 PM (4 days, 22 hours ago)

Youre right. But they dont want anyone in plain sight. Ive seen NYC aresting white people in even decent (just not super-rich neighborhoods). Then again police still arrest people for those "thc oil" vape pens when nowadays dont even really have much thc cause theyre all fucking fake and made by dealers. Wait till someone puts some fent in there. So far i havent even seen one news report, but its def the most common method of thc in NYC lately, and people are so out of touch its not even a problem that kids are inhaling random chinese poison, or in a "good" situation, oil made by some dealer out of bho containing who knows

They also harass people, touch their balls, wanna check their ass for grass. Lol. During the GWB years i was cautious even going down the block cause id get stopped sometimes. Id sometimes do a dry run just going for a walk lol, and id still get stopped during those years


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