New York’s first medical marijuana dispensary has opened on 5th Avenue, one of the world’s most elite shopping districts. CNN’s Clare Sebastian reports.
Lawmakers have been delaying legalization in anticipation of a study from the state’s health department.
A long-awaited study on legal cannabis’ potential impacts on New York state has finally been completed. This week, an anonymous source reportedly told Spectrum News that the study, yet to be released to the public, suggests that New York’s criminal justice reform efforts and tax revenues would benefit from cannabis legalization. However, the study reportedly does not include any outright endorsements of legalization.
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By Dina Ibrahim – May 15, 2018
New York’s Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday vowed to “overhaul” NYPD’s marijuana enforcement policies in the next 30 days in an apparent response to a New York Times finding published Sunday.
The daily’s finding showed the glaring disparity between blacks and whites in terms of incarceration rates over low-level marijuana charges in the Big Apple. In its report, black people were arrested on low-level marijuana charges at eight times the rate of white.
In Manhattan, where the gap is the worst, black people were arrested at 15 times the rate of white people.
In his tweet, de Blasio said: “We must end unnecessary arrests and end disparity in enforcement.”
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