NYC Mayor Says City Will Seek Federal ‘Waiver’ For Marijuana Greenhouses On Public Housing Rooftops

NYC Mayor Says City Will Seek Federal ‘Waiver’ For Marijuana Greenhouses On Public Housing Rooftops
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The mayor of New York City acknowledges that his plan to put marijuana greenhouses on to rooftops of public housing buildings may hit a snag with the federal government, and so the administration intends to seek a “waiver” to avoid a conflict. Mayor Eric Adams (D) first floated the idea of using NYC Housing Authority (NYCHA) facilities to grow cannabis as the state prepares to implement adult-use legalization at a conference event last weekend. He was asked about the proposal on Tuesday at a press briefing on climate-related issues, and he addressed the possible funding repercussions of authorizing cannabis gardens at buildings that receive substantial financing from the federal government, which continues to strictly prohibit marijuana. “We have to get over the federal hurdle because, right now, the federal government does not recognize the legalization in the state,” Adams said. “I believe there’s a great opportunity for cannabis to be grown on NYCHA rooftops, with an employment aspect of it and using the medical cannabis aspect of it.”

That said, “there’s many layers to getting it done,” he said. “We’re going to sit down with the federal government and federal agencies, [and] see if it’s a possibility to get a waiver [and] how we can get it done.” “We have to think differently about employment opportunities, and using our rooftops better. And so we’re willing to try everything that’s possible to get those goals in mind and aligned,” he added. “If we can use it—if the federal government cooperates with us and it allows us to use it—we’re straight ahead to make it happen.” While the feds have generally taken a hands-off approach to state and local marijuana policies—and President Joe Biden has pledged not to interfere in those reforms—it could be a different story if New York…

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