Sen. Jeremy Cooney (D) introduced the legislation in an attempt to resolve an “unintended
consequence” of the adult-use law, which would currently “force certain individuals from choosing between their gender identity and receiving priority for a license,” the bill’s justification section states.
That’s because, as enacted, the marijuana law gives licensing priority to women-owned businesses, as well as other marginalized groups or communities most impacted by prohibition. The language around social equity for women creates inadvertent complications for the transgender and gendernonbinary community. -Marijuana Moment
Upstate CBD added the Union Street location after success of its’ initial store on Saratoga Road. But as the company continues to grow, the industry continues to evolve and change as well, as recreational marijuana was legalized in New York. “We don’t offer it now in the moment, but we would love to offer it in future once we get licensing and figure all that stuff out,” said Andrews. That may not happen for about another year, as the New York state continues to fine tune regulations and provisions. “We could be using the money that we are spending in our neighboring states here,” said Filiaci. It’s a main focus for the state, as it created Office of Cannabis Management, an investment in the communities disproportionally impacted by the war on drugs. Something Andrews says he would like to see. -Spectrum Local News
Let’s start with this: what does social equity mean? The National Academy of Public Administration defines social equity as “the fair, just and equitable management of all institutions serving the public directly or by contract; and the fair and equitable distribution of public services, and implementation of public policy; and the commitment to promote fairness, justice and equity in the formation of public policy.” -Ganjapreneur
“There is no other natural resource that offers the
same environmental, agricultural and economic
potential as hemp,” Hinchey said in a press release.
“My bill will create a market, kickstarting the industry
and moving New York State to the forefront in a way
that will help us tackle the climate crisis, give our small
farmers a competitive edge, and boost upstate
economic development.” -Marijuana Moment
The cannabis industry is not a diverse place. For years, Caucasian men have controlled the legal market while largely discriminating against Black Americans, Latinos, and women. New York believes it can change that. With their new social equity cannabis campaign, the Empire State hopes to give women and minorities an equal footing in the cannabis market. -The Emerald Media Group
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