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Wednesday: New York Legislators Hold Public Forum To Discuss Marijuana Legalization

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new york medical marijuanaWednesday, Assemblymember Crystal Peoples-Stokes and Senator Liz Krueger will host a public forum to discuss the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act, a bill that would legalize the production, distribution, and use of marijuana for adults over the age of 21. This bill will effectively end marijuana prohibition in New York State and would create a system to tax and regulate marijuana in a manner similar to alcohol.

This discussion comes at a time when marijuana reform has gained unprecedented momentum. In the United States, Colorado, Washington, Alaska, Oregon, and Washington D.C. have legalized marijuana for adults and national support for legalization has reached 58%.

Despite all of the progress around the country, New York State and Buffalo residents, continue to suffer from disproportionate enforcement of prohibition in communities of color, with thousands of arrests every year.

What: Press Conference re: Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act & Public Forum to follow

Who:

  • Assemblymember Crystal Peoples-Stokes
  • Senator Liz Krueger
  • The Drug Policy Alliance
  • PUSH Buffalo
  • Individuals directly impacted by marijuana prohibition

When: Wednesday, October 26, 2015 9:30AM

Where: Buffalo City Hall 65, Niagara Square #218 Buffalo, NY 14202

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  1. If you can go to a retail outlet and purchase cannabis that is pretty close to legal. If you get stopped by the police and you have an oz in your possession, and they can’t ticket you and give you your weed back, I know it is not true, but it feels like it is legal. If you can get a license from the state and grow 20 tons like large growers in Colorado, it kinda feels like it is legal. If you grow a dozen plants and harvest a couple of pounds, I know it I am wrong, but it is sort of like legal. I know it isn’t really and we are all just sheep living in delusion under the yoke of the State, but still it simulates legalization. Or is there some other point you are making? Like driving is not legal because you need a license and have to observe traffic laws? Or maybe cars are not legal because you need to get an emissions test. Alcohol isn’t actually legal because you can’t distill at home, you are limited to producing 300 gallons of beer / year and you can’t give it to children?

  2. That’s the key right there…as long as he is in office!!!…next election…Cuomo has to GO…Period…

  3. Jordan Shorette on

    Yea I was just kidding around, I honestly love NYS I was born and raised in very rural NY so Ik all about the helicopters lol. If it weren’t for the overly aggressive police and border patrol around here it would be close to perfect. As sad as it may be I am inclined to agree 100% with your statements.

  4. saynotohypocrisy on

    You’re right to highlight the media’s complicity in this garbage. Like the public health community and many other occupations, they have professional knowledge that the danger from cannabis is a pale shadow of the dangers of killer alcohol, but they keep their mouth shut about it.

  5. Lawrence Goodwin on

    Sorry, Jordan. Honesty is the best policy in my book. I love Crystal Peoples-Stokes and Liz Krueger for trying what is clearly the right thing to do. But the cold, hard political reality on the ground in my pathetic home state is more anti-cannabis tyranny. The helicopters just landed after a busy season of cannabis hunting, which destroyed probably thousands of plants carefully tended by New York’s growers. Complete waste of New Yorkers’ tax dollars and law enforcement time. And a large part of the problem is that local media still say nothing about any of this madness.

  6. Jordan Shorette on

    Living in New York State blows enough you could have let us have our pipe dream a little longer! lol

  7. Lawrence Goodwin on

    Nice dreams, but the proposed Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA) is dead on arrival in the NYS Legislature. A large contingent of arrogant state legislators–Democrats and Republicans–will squash it as soon as the next session begins in January. Also, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is exactly like New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie: they both keep dwelling on the despicable “gateway drug” theory, and they are both staunch opponents of giving their constituents the freedom to grow cannabis plants again. Cuomo will do everything in his power to defeat the MRTA as long as he’s in office.