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New York just lost a major excuse for legalizing weed

With the passage of President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, New York is slated to receive a whopping $100 billion. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s office praised this portion of the bill, as it wholly eliminates the massive budget deficit Albany faced.

Thanks to federal tax dollars, lawmakers in Albany no longer need to consider tax increases and spending cuts — and those pushing for marijuana legalization just lost a major excuse for expanding Big Pot into New York.

For months, we have heard incessantly from Gov. Andrew Cuomo and others that the upcoming state budget must include a provision to legalize — and tax — pot to shore up the budget, as well as to right the wrongs of prohibition by establishing an “equitable” industry and regulate the use of the drug, to eliminate the illicit market and keep it away from young people.

Alas, these points don’t match up with reality in the states that have already gone down this road. Indeed, one would be hard-pressed to find a single state that has accomplished any semblance of an “equitable” pot industry.

In California, for example, the leaders of the campaign to legalize weed recently acknowledged, “We all know social equity has been a failure, here in LA and across most jurisdictions” in terms of rules for pot. According to the data, blacks have historically felt the brunt of the harm from the War on Drugs, but according to an analysis of the first 100 approved retail licenses in Los Angeles, only 11 black people were approved for licenses.

To Read The Rest Of This Article By Kevin Sabet on New York Post

Published: March 16, 2021

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