New York Senator Pushes To Legalize Marijuana As Part Of Criminal Justice Package Amid Protests

New York Senator Pushes To Legalize Marijuana As Part Of Criminal Justice Package Amid Protests

As mass protests over police killings of black Americans continue across the U.S., there’s a renewed push in New York to pass a package of criminal justice reform legislation that includes marijuana legalization. The Safer NY Act is a collection of five bills that have been previously introduced and largely focus on policing reform, but it also contains legislation to legalize cannabis for adult use. Sen. Julia Salazar (D) said in a press release this week that legislators should take up the package right now in order to “help increase police transparency and help increase accountability to New Yorkers’ most common encounters with police.” Part of that means “legalizing marijuana with strong attention paid to ensuring that resources are reinvested in communities most harmed by prohibition,” the release says. The senator told Marijuana Moment in a phone interview on Wednesday that while the state expanded cannabis decriminalization last year, “it’s not enough until we fully make it legal and we stop criminalizing people for using it, especially for using it responsibly, and stop criminalizing people for something that is completely legal within driving distance of our state.” “Of course, in this particular moment, I think what’s the important factor here is that [criminalization] disproportionately impacts black and brown New Yorkers,” Salazar said. “Because of the criminalization of the use of marijuana, more black and brown New Yorkers have interactions with police than they need to. More people end up in the criminal justice system in the first place than is…

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