New York Senator Files Bill To Extend Marijuana Equity Benefits To Gay, Lesbian And Bisexual People

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A New York senator filed a bill to make it so that gay, lesbian and bisexual people can qualify as social equity applicants under the state’s marijuana law. Sen. Jeremy Cooney (D) introduced the legislation last week, shortly after filing a separate bill to include transgender and non-binary people in the cannabis social equity program. He’s also behind other recent marijuana reform proposals related to cannabis business tax benefits and licensing. New York legalized marijuana earlier this year. Adults are currently able to possess and publicly consume cannabis, but regulators are still working to implement retail sales. In the interim, Cooney is seeking to ensure that the equity provisions are even more inclusive. “I am proud to introduce legislation to include members of our lesbian, gay and bisexual community for priority licensure in the new adult-use recreational cannabis market,” the senator told Marijuana Moment. “When New York State legalized adult-use recreational marijuana we made a commitment to addressing the discrimination and injustice caused by the War on Drugs.” “Social justice and social equity are embedded throughout the [Marihuana Regulation and Taxation Act] and the legislation is designed to uplift historically marginalized groups through economic opportunities in the cannabis industry,” he said. “We are committed to working to ensure we are meeting our equity licensing goals so that New York creates the most inclusive cannabis economy in the nation.” The Roc City Cannabis Carnival, with over 90 WNY cannabis vendors, was a confident display of the up-and-coming opportunities available to all NYers in the new equitable and accessible cannabis market. #HydroInc pic.twitter.com/qZApFEXjiJ — Senator Jeremy Cooney (@SenatorCooney) December 19, 2021 Under the state’s legalization law, at least 50 percent of marijuana business licenses must go to equity applicants. Right now, as enacted earlier this year, that category includes people “from communities…

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