Black Lawmakers to Block Legalization Without Social Justice in New York
Wednesday, Mar 13, 2019

Several Black lawmakers in New York say they will not support any legalization bill that does not provide explicit, specific provisions for reinvestment in minority communities.

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Several Black legislators in New York say that unless the cannabis legalization legislation submitted by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office includes guarantees of revenue-sharing with communities most impacted by the decades of prohibition, there will be no legalization at all this year, according to a New York Times report.

The lawmakers want to see language in the state’s legalization bill that directs money to job training programs and to supporting minority entrepreneurs. Little has been done at the state level in other jurisdictions with legalized cannabis to address the racial inequalities exacerbated by prohibition.