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File #: Res 0741-2019    Version: Name: Legislation that prioritizes individuals with prior marihuana convictions in issuing licenses to sell recreational marihuana and requires other applicants for marihuana licenses to support the hiring of such individuals.
Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Committee: Committee on Consumer Affairs and Business Licensing
On agenda: 2/13/2019
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution calling on the New York State Legislature to introduce and pass and for the Governor to sign legislation that prioritizes individuals with prior marijuana convictions in issuing licenses to sell recreational marijuana and requires other applicants for marijuana licenses to support the hiring of such individuals.
Sponsors: Stephen T. Levin, Laurie A. Cumbo, Ben Kallos, Carlina Rivera , Diana Ayala
Council Member Sponsors: 5
Attachments: 1. Res. No. 741, 2. February 13, 2019 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 3. Committee Report 2/27/19, 4. Hearing Testimony 2/27/19, 5. Hearing Transcript 2/27/19, 6. Proposed Res. No. 741-A - 3/20/19, 7. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 2-13-19, 8. Committee Report 3/27/19, 9. Hearing Transcript 3/27/19, 10. March 28, 2019 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 11. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 3-28-19, 12. Minutes of the Stated Meeting - March 28, 2019
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3/28/2019AStephen T. Levin City Council Approved, by CouncilPass Action details Meeting details Not available
3/27/2019*Stephen T. Levin Committee on Consumer Affairs and Business Licensing Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
3/27/2019*Stephen T. Levin Committee on Consumer Affairs and Business Licensing Amendment Proposed by Comm  Action details Meeting details Not available
3/27/2019*Stephen T. Levin Committee on Consumer Affairs and Business Licensing Amended by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
3/27/2019AStephen T. Levin Committee on Consumer Affairs and Business Licensing Approved by CommitteePass Action details Meeting details Not available
2/27/2019*Stephen T. Levin Committee on Public Safety Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
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2/27/2019*Stephen T. Levin Committee on Civil and Human Rights Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/27/2019*Stephen T. Levin Committee on Civil and Human Rights Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/27/2019*Stephen T. Levin Committee on Justice System Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
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2/27/2019*Stephen T. Levin Committee on Consumer Affairs and Business Licensing Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
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2/13/2019*Stephen T. Levin City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/13/2019*Stephen T. Levin City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available

Res. No. 741-A

 

Resolution calling on the New York State Legislature to introduce and pass and for the Governor to sign legislation that prioritizes individuals with prior marijuana convictions in issuing licenses to sell recreational marijuana and requires other applicants for marijuana licenses to support the hiring of such individuals.

 

By Council Members Levin, Cumbo, Kallos, Rivera and Ayala

 

Whereas, Historically, state and local enforcement of marijuana or “marijuana” laws have been strikingly unequal, with low-income communities of color shouldering the brunt of marijuana enforcement, to their great detriment; and

                     Whereas, According to various sources, enforcement of New York State marijuana laws have disproportionately affected African-American and Latino communities, and both nationally and locally, these arrests have reinforced the perception that law enforcement is biased and prejudiced against minorities; and

                     Whereas, In 2017, there were reportedly 16,925 arrests made and 21,024 summonses issued in New York City for low level marijuana possession, which overwhelmingly occurred in communities of color; and

Whereas, In New York City, enforcement policies have been amended to move further away from criminalizing the low-level possession and use of marijuana; and                     

                     Whereas, As of September 2018, the New York City Police Department committed to issuing criminal summons in lieu of arrests for the majority of persons found smoking marijuana in public; and

Whereas, In July of 2014, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature enacted the Compassionate Care Act legalizing the cultivation, production, distribution, sale, and possession of marijuana for medical use in New York; and

                     Whereas, In December of 2018, Governor Cuomo announced his full support of statewide legalization of recreational marijuana, making it an administration priority for early 2019; and

                     Whereas, Ten states, including New York’s neighbor Massachusetts, and the District of Columbia have legalized adult use of recreational marijuana; and

Whereas, Given the likelihood of New York State legalizing the recreational use of marijuana in the near future, the state should promote equitable ownership and participation in commercial marijuana activity; and

Whereas, One way of ensuring such equity would be to give priority to  those with prior marijuana convictions when issuing licenses or permits to engage in the production, sale and distribution of marijuana; and

Whereas, Creating such priority system would ensure that ownership and entrepreneurial opportunities are first given to those populations negatively impacted by the decades-old war on drugs, such as low income communities and communities of color; and

                     Whereas, Additionally, those who receive licenses to sell recreational marijuana should be encouraged to hire individuals who were arrested for and/or convicted of marijuana related offenses, with a particular focus on formerly incarcerated individuals who served time based on marijuana violations, as well as hire locally and provide living wages for individuals employed by marijuana businesses; and

                     Whereas, In recent years numerous states and municipalities around the country have sought to not only legalize the recreational use of marijuana but also correct the collateral consequences of marijuana-related convictions; now, therefore, be it

                     Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York calls on the New York State Legislature to introduce and pass and for the Governor to sign legislation that prioritizes individuals with prior marijuana convictions in issuing licenses to sell recreational marijuana and requires other applicants for marijuana licenses to support the hiring of such individuals.

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LS 9238/9239

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