New York Is Starting to Support Former Mayor LaGuardia 80 Years Later

New York, the city that never sleeps but takes a whole hell of a lot of weed naps, has grabbed significant media attention pertaining to cannabis. Nearly 80 years after the La Guardia Committee Report on Marijuana was conducted by the New York Academy of Medicine the state of New York seems to have no choice but to start backing the late Mayor. Mayor LaGuardia concluded cannabis prohibition was wrong and against the will of the people with the committee report he had commissioned by the New York Academy of medicine. He even went as far as to give a public speech stating this very fact.

New York has been guilty of arresting minorities at a rate of an average eight times higher than that of Caucasians over cannabis infractions. There have been so many racial tensions regarding cannabis arrests and cannabis laws in the state of New York that it has become mainstream media. Residents in areas such as Harlem, the Bronx and others that were targeted by marijuana prohibition and hurt the worst are just some of those speaking up against the atrocities being committed by the New York police department regarding cannabis offenders, in particular, those of African American or Latino descent.

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The Big Apple does have a legal medical cannabis program but as anyone who knows anything about cannabis will tell you this program is very limited. No smokable flowers and limitations on products and availability make it easier to purchase medicine on the black market, just not safer. It's as if the state of New York is telling their citizens that they are not important enough to deserve safe access to cannabis, a safe, natural medicine, despite it being legal.

12 Findings From the 1944 La Guardia Committee Report Per law.du.edu

  1. The introduction of marijuana into this area is recent as compared to other localities.

  2. The cost of marijuana is low and therefore within the purchasing power of most persons.

  3. The distribution and use of marijuana is centered in Harlem.

  4. The majority of marijuana smokers are Blacks and Latin-Americans.

  5. The consensus among marijuana smokers is that the use of the drug creates a definite feeling of adequacy.

  6. The practice of smoking marijuana does not lead to addiction in the medical sense of the word.

  7. The sale and distribution of marijuana are not under the control of any single organized group.

  8. The use of marijuana does not lead to morphine or heroin or cocaine addiction, and no effort is made to create a market for these narcotics by stimulating the practice of marijuana smoking.

  9. Marijuana is not the determining factor in the commission of major crimes.

  10. Marijuana smoking is not widespread among school children.

  11. Juvenile delinquency is not associated with smoking marijuana.

  12. Publicity over the catastrophic effects of marijuana smoking in New York City is unfounded.

Citizen Complaints and Social Equity

People who live in New York are letting lawmakers know just how they feel about current cannabis laws. New York citizens appear to care about social equity greatly. This was evident at the Manhattan listening session that took place back on September 20th of 2018. According to the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA), social equity is “the fair, just, and equitable management of all institutions serving the public directly or by contract; and the fair and equitable distribution of public services, and implementation of public policy; and the commitment to promote fairness, justice and equity in the formation of public policy.”

Cannabis prohibition that started back in 1937 has a racist and sexist history associated with it. Harry Jacob Anslinger is notorious for his many racial slurs pertaining to marijuana prohibition. The word “marijuana” itself is a word born from prohibition used to demonize an amazing plant.  The negative racial slurs towards minorities and sexist implications implied toward women would be things you think would have been left where they belong, in the past. But, that’s not the case.

  • New York Times Study Shows Cannabis Arrests In NYC Are Racially Driven- The Stranger

  • Using Data To Make Sense Of A Racial Disparity In NYC Marijuana Arrests- NY Times

  • Racial Disparities Persist In New York City Marijuana Arrests- Politico

  • Black People In NYC Are 8x More Likely To Be Arrested For Marijuana- Vox.Com

Cannabis convicts have helped to populate the state and private prison workforce. The majority of the convicts that make up this population are minorities according to several media reports. Communities across New York have spoken out against these targeted arrests, and it is starting to make a difference. Closed mouths don't get fed, and they don't change things either. Here are some examples of citizens opening their mouths and making a change.

  • New York Police To Relax Policy On Smoking Pot In Public - CNN

  • Manhattan DA To Dismiss More Than 3,000 Marijuana Cases - CNN

What Type of Cannabis is Legal in New York

When it comes to what is legal as far as cannabis goes the pickings are slim. If you go through the process to become a legal medical cannabis card holder in New York, here’s what you will have access to. Vape cartridges and cannabis oil are about it.

Many New Yorkers still turn to the unregulated black market to find the cannabis they want since legal stores don’t carry flower, edibles, and other infused products like dispensaries across the country.  You can bet that lawmakers are looking at legalizing adult use recreational marijuana in the near future, they can’t afford not to. After all, do you think your local lawmaker/politician is going to take a pay cut to stay on budget? Cannabis is the answer to infusing the economy in New York with millions of dollars.

New York Stands to open doors to an impressive cannabis industry promoting tourism, community growth, and an increase in much-needed jobs for the state of New York.

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