NYUJ Coalition Statement on Cannabis Legalization
“Today’s passage of cannabis legalization in New York State is a landmark moment for all those fighting for a fair and just criminal justice system. Marijuana convictions have, for decades, unfairly and disproportionately impacted Black and Brown New Yorkers, their families and communities. By providing the opportunity to seek expungement for these offenses, the newly signed law will help grant well-deserved fresh starts to countless New Yorkers and push the Empire State forward toward eliminating mass incarceration.
The NYUJ Coalition applauds the government officials, policymakers, community organizers, advocates, and other champions who made this landmark legislation and its passage possible. This bill will make New York a safer, fairer, more just place for all.”