The current cannabis law in New York gives licensing priority to women-owned enterprises and other marginalized groups affected by the War on Drugs. By Jelena Martinovic Another novelty has been added to New York’s cannabis program, just weeks following the introduction of a measure that would allow transgender and non-binary people to qualify as social equity applicants under the state’s cannabis law. This time, Senator Jeremy Cooney (D) introduced the legislation that would give the same rights to gay, lesbian, and bisexual people, Marijuana Moment reported. Cooney, who is also backing other recent marijuana reform proposals related to cannabis business tax benefits and licensing, filed the new bill last week. “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,” Cooney told Marijuana Moment. “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 said about his efforts on making equity provisions even more inclusive. The current cannabis law in New York gives licensing priority to women-owned enterprises and other marginalized groups affected by the War on Drugs.
Benzinga Staff Writer, The Fresh Toast, 12/20/2021 14:00:00
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