State Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Rochdale Village, Far Rockaway) held component two in a series of neighborhood conversations about the probable legalization of recreational marijuana in New York State and the effect it could have on communities in Queens. The occasion took location on Saturday, April six, 2019 at the Black Spectrum Theatre in Jamaica.
 
Whereas the very first discussion, held on February two, 2019, examined the prospective effects of marijuana on the neighborhood in a incredibly basic way, the second occasion dealt with the revenue and policies aspect of the concern, focusing especially how to greatest structure regulations surrounding marijuana and exactly where to direct taxes derived from pot sales.
 
“We are right here, my mates, mainly because the legalization of marijuana is a moment away in terms of government,” Sanders stated. “The only point that has slowed it down are some technicalities. I am personally not in favor of legalization. I think, for some, this will be a gateway to other drugs. We will need to seriously examine when the government becomes the pusher.” Sanders, on the other hand, does help the decriminalization of marijuana.
 
The occasion featured guest speakers Shaleen Title, Massachusetts Commissioner of Cannabis Manage, and Bradley Usher, Chief of Employees for Senator Liz Krueger.
 
Senator Kreuger has introduced a bill to legalize, regulate and tax marijuana in New York State. It would topic pot to guidelines related to the ones that exist relating to alcohol. The objective is to reverse what Kreuger describes as “decades of expensive, counterproductive policies that have made racially discriminatory outcomes.” Assembly Member Crystal Peoples-Stokes has introduced a companion bill in the Assembly.
 
Some crucial points in the bill, identified as the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA), consist of prohibiting the sale of marijuana to men and women below the age of 21, but tends to make 18 the minimum age for marijuana possession and consumption. It makes it possible for house cultivation of up to six marijuana plants empowers the State Liquor Authority to grant licenses for marijuana production, transport and retail sale and removes penalties for possession of two ounces of marijuana or much less.
 
The Cannabis Manage Commission of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, a state exactly where each recreational and health-related marijuana is legal, aims to create and enforce regulations to realize equity and assure that these impacted by the war on drugs are prioritized in terms of benefiting from the cannabis market. “We are attempting to cross a bridge that we are constructing at the similar time in a way that is sincere and just,” Title stated. “We strive to be transparent and sincere.”

When there had been several diverse points of view expressed by all in attendance, each panelists and audience members alike, seemed to agree that if marijuana does turn out to be legal, it really should be regulated in a way that guarantees equity so that it is not just a choose group who can profit from cannabis market. It really should also consist of a robust drug remedy and public education campaign element.

Senator Sanders encourages every person to weigh in on the legalization of marijuana debate by posting to social media utilizing the hashtag #NYTALKSPOT
 
We would like to thank the Black Spectrum Theatre for permitting us to use their space to host the occasion. We could also like to thank our partners Senator Liz Kreuger, Black Ash Cannabis, Cannabis Cultural Association, Canna Clusive, South Jamaica Homes, and The Black Institute.