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NYC cannabis smoking arrests to stop —but will racial disparity?

Posted on September 4th, 2018 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , .

New York CityMayor Bill de Blasio's new policy, discouraging New York City cops from making arrests for public cannabis smoking, is expected to further reduce pot busts in Gotham. But critics say that loopholes or "carve-outs" in the policy mean that the racial disparity in marijuana arrests could continue—or even get worse.

Cannabis! Theatrical Concert unveils music in New York performance

Posted on August 31st, 2018 by Bill Weinberg and tagged , , , .

Cannabis theatrical concertWhat will ultimately be a multimedia extravaganza on the history, culture and politics of the cannabis plant is currently under production in New York City. The music for Cannabis! A Theatrical Concert was just unveiled for New York audiences in a special performance at a nightspot on Manhattan's Lower East Side.

Pressure builds for legalization in New Jersey and New York

Posted on July 20th, 2018 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , , , .

leafNew York and New Jersey are notorious rivals. Especially New York City denizens see themselves as metropolitan sophisticates and view their neighbors across the Hudson River as rubes. But the two states are now racing to see which will legalize cannabis first. There are formidable obstacles in both states, but New Jersey is clearly ahead.

NYPD brutal 'crew' raids bring back convictions for... cannabis possession

Posted on June 18th, 2018 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , .

New York CityEmotional exchanges at City Council hearings in New York focused on the NYPD's "gang database," which critics say targets and stigmatizes even those who have long since cut ties to the city's "crews." The city has seen big militarized raids on housing projects as part of the crackdown on crews in recent years. But while heavy charges against suspected crew members made headlines at the time of the raids, little note was paid when some of those charges were downgraded to mere marijuana possession. Are claims of pot-dealing being used to place the city's Black and Latino youth on the database?

New York state Democratic Party embraces cannabis legalization

Posted on May 25th, 2018 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , .

New YorkThings are moving fast in the Empire State, with cannabis legalization proposals striding toward mainstream acceptance—spurred by a growing sense of injustice over the racial disparities in enforcement. In what could be a watershed moment, the state Democratic Party just adopted a resolution to embrace legalization. The party elite seem to be feeling the pressure from below in a gubernatorial election year.

Arc of history bends toward 'cannabis equity' in Empire State

Posted on May 16th, 2018 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , , .

Cannabis marchSuddenly, New York state's political establishment is looking seriously at cannabis legalization, driven by growing concerns over long-entrenched racial discrimination in enforcement of the marijuana laws. But there is a growing realization that legalization alone will not be enough to correct this legacy unless it is implemented in way explicitly designed to do so.

Racial justice themes highlighted at NYC Cannabis Parade

Posted on May 7th, 2018 by Bill Weinberg and tagged , , , , , , , .

Cannabis marchNew York City's Cannabis Parade, flagship entry in the Global Marijuana March movement and a counterculture event dating back to the early 1970s, this year actually drew mainstream politicians and candidates. Nearly all struck themes of racial justice, emphasizing that a push for legalization in the Empire State must also address the social iniquities of cannabis prohibition and the "war on drugs."

Cannabis legalization becomes issue in New York governor's race

Posted on April 12th, 2018 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , .

New YorkWith a bombshell homespun video statement, New York's gadfly celebrity gubernatorial hopeful Cynthia Nixon has—for the moment, at least—placed the cannabis legalization question front and center in the race. Incumbent Andrew Cuomo, feeling the pressure from Nixon's challenge, is already starting to waver from his once intransigent stance against legalization.

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