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New York State Gives Cannabis Ex-Convicts First Retail Permits

New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced on 10th of March 2022 that the first licenses to open the newly legalized marijuana retail outlets coming to New York later this year will be reserved for people with prior marijuana-related convictions. This is probably the best social justice system currently in the world of marijuana law reform. The policy is intended to give people punished during prohibition the first chance to benefit from legalization ahead of U.S. corporations planning to capitalize on the valuable new retail market. Laws banning the possession and sale of marijuana disproportionately targeted Black and Latino users, even though white New Yorkers used marijuana at similar rates. New York Governor Kathy Hochul said the policy was "righting the wrongs of the past." New York is the largest U.S. state after California to legalize marijuana for adults over 21 years old. Sixteen other states have legalized recreational marijuana, all in defiance of federal law. New York state's very first 100 to 200 marijuana retail licenses will be reserved for "social equity" applicants, namely New York residents with marijuana-related convictions, or their immediate family, who can show they have experience running a business. The licenses will allow them to sell marijuana products from New York farmers in stores slated to open by the end of 2022.

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