Most New York Voters Oppose Prioritizing Marijuana Licenses For People With Previous Convictions, Poll Finds

Most New York Voters Oppose Prioritizing Marijuana Licenses For People With Previous Convictions, Poll Finds
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Most New Yorkers voters are against allowing people with prior marijuana convictions to get a head start in launching adult-use retail stores in the state, a new poll found just days after regulators approved a proposal to do just that. The survey from Siena College shows that only 33 percent of New Yorkers favor “ensuring that many of the first licenses for marijuana retail stores go to those previously convicted of marijuana-related crimes or their family members,” compared to 54 percent who are opposed and 13 percent who said they aren’t sure. It’s an interesting data point, as there’s generally widespread consensus among legalization advocates that those most impacted by cannabis criminalization should be specifically empowered to participate in the industry. But for New Yorkers, according to this poll, that shouldn’t necessarily mean that those who were directly impacted by prohibition should be first in line to open shops. The crosstabs of the poll found that a plurality of Democrats (45 percent) believe those with marijuana convictions should be prioritized in licensing, versus 43 percent who oppose that proposal. Fifty percent who identify as “liberal” are supportive. A majority of Republicans (72 percent) and self-identified conservatives (74 percent) say they are against giving those with past convictions the benefit of launching marijuana businesses first. Only 19 percent of Republicans and 16 percent of conservatives feel those most impacted by criminalization should be prioritized. Meanwhile, political independents oppose the idea, 29 percent to 55 percent. Via Siena College. Forty-eight percent of black people—a group that has been disproportionately impacted by prohibition—said that directly affected communities should get licensing priority. Fifty-two percent of Latinos are also on board, compared to just 29 percent of white people. “Giving first dibs on marijuana licenses to those previously convicted divides Democrats and New York City…

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