New York Legislature & Gov. Cuomo Must Legalize Cannabis the Right Way by Passing the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA) Now

New York, NY — In response to a new Siena poll released today, showing nearly 60% of New York State residents supporting legal marijuana for adult use, Melissa Moore, New York State Director of the Drug Policy Alliance and member of Start SMART NY Coalition (Sensible Marijuana Access through Regulated Trade) released the following statement:

“Today’s Siena poll confirms that New Yorkers across the board are overwhelmingly in favor of marijuana legalization. Nearly 60 percent of New York State residents support legal marijuana for adult use — and it’s universal. Literally every single category of voters from every corner of the state — women, men, liberals, conservatives, from upstate, downstate and everywhere in between — supports legal marijuana now. Given this broad-based mandate, it is imperative that the absolute best marijuana reform bill becomes law. We urge swift passage of the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (S.854/A.1248) to secure justice, jobs, and equity for the millions of New Yorkers that have borne the brunt of marijuana criminalization and restitution for the communities most harmed by the war on drugs. The time to act is now.”

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