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Spectrum News: WNY Organization Pushing for Potential Legalized Marijuana Profits to Benefit Poor Communities

By February 19, 2021April 15th, 2021Health & Wellness

Coming one week before a joint legislative hearing on tax-related proposals in New York’s budget, Governor Andrew Cuomo highlighted some of his amended recreational marijuana proposal, including:

  • Allowing cannabis products to be delivered (like how food is ordered from Grubhub)  
  • Reducing the criminal sale, of up to 16 ounces marijuana, to someone under 21, would become a misdemeanor

“New York took the right step back in June for decriminalizing because overall the Black and Brown communities were almost four times more likely to be arrested and incarcerated,” said Thomas Kim, president and CEO of Community Action Organization of WNY (CAO), which supports poor and low-income communities…

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