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Mayor’s Task Force on Cannabis Legalization

Issue

With cannabis legalization a likely reality in New York State, we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to shape the future in a way that is safe, takes the health of New York City residents into account, and above all, provides opportunity while righting historic wrongs. The Administration is now working to ensure that the new cannabis industry will be led by small businesses and organized to benefit the City’s community, not big cannabis conglomerates.

Solution

The Mayor’s Task Force on Cannabis Legalization convened in July 2018 to identify the goals and challenges that should guide the City’s preparations for potential legalization of adult-use cannabis. The following considerations led the group’s work: protection of health and safety, redress of impacts of past criminalization, and promotion of economic opportunities to diverse participants. The Task Force is coordinated by the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice and included representatives of relevant City agencies.

Members consulted with experts and studied jurisdictions that have regulated the adult use of cannabis.

In December 2018, the Administration put forward a report on its findings with recommendations that promote small business development, redress impacts of past criminalization, and drive economic opportunity to historically marginalized communities.

To read the full report of the Mayor’s Task Force on Cannabis Legalization click here.

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Recent Data

Average annual arrests for marijuana are down by approximately

50%

since 2013.

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