New York Legislature & Gov. Cuomo Must Legalize Cannabis the Right Way by Passing the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA) Now
March 15, 2021 – New York, NY — In response to a new Sienna poll released today, showing nearly 60% of New York State residents supporting legal [cannabis] for adult use, Melissa Moore, New York State Director of the Drug Policy Alliance and member of Start SMART NY Coalition (Sensible Marijuana Access through Regulated Trade) released the following statement:
“Today’s Siena poll confirms that New Yorkers across the board are overwhelmingly in favor of [cannabis] legalization. Nearly 60 percent of New York State residents support legal [cannabis] for adult use — and it’s universal. Literally every single category of voters from every corner of the state — women, men, liberals, conservatives, from upstate, downstate and everywhere in between — supports legal [cannabis] now. Given this broad-based mandate, it is imperative that the absolute best [cannabis] reform bill becomes law. We urge swift passage of the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (S.854/A.1248) to secure justice, jobs, and equity for the millions of New Yorkers that have borne the brunt of [cannabis] criminalization and restitution for the communities most harmed by the war on drugs. The time to act is now.”
About Drug Policy Alliance
The Drug Policy Alliance envisions a just society in which the use and regulation of drugs are grounded in science, compassion, health and human rights, in which people are no longer punished for what they put into their own bodies, and in which the fears, prejudices and punitive prohibitions of today are no more. Our mission is to advance those policies and attitudes that best reduce the harms of both drug use and drug prohibition, and to promote the autonomy of individuals over their minds and bodies. Learn more at drugpolicy.org.
Matt Sutton 212-613-8026