(May 3, 2022 at 11am)

QUEENS, NY – Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr. will host a virtual Community Cannabis Chat tomorrow, May 4, with Tremaine Wright, the Chair of the New York State Cannabis Control Board, which was created to oversee the regulation of the newly legalized adult-use cannabis market in New York State.

Chairwoman Wright will speak with Community Board members and other Queens residents about how the implementation of the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA) is impacting Queens. The MRTA legalizes adult-use cannabis (also known as marijuana) in New York State and is intended to correct the harms caused by the prohibition of cannabis. It does so by ending unfair enforcement policies and directing the revenue generated by legal cannabis sales toward communities that have felt the racially disparate impact of cannabis criminalization.

Chairwoman Wright will discuss the future of the cannabis industry, the status of the implementation of the MRTA, the procedures for securing a license to sell cannabis, and more.

“Communities across the Queens have historically been hurt by the excessive and disparate enforcement of the ban on cannabis,” said Borough President RICHARDS. “Chair Wright will explain how the legalization of adult-use cannabis will help rectify past disparities by ensuring these communities have a strong opportunity to take advantage of the legal cannabis market. We thank Chair Wright for taking the time to talk with Queens residents about cannabis legalization and to address any concerns they may have.”

The Community Cannabis Chat with Tremaine Wright will take place on Zoom on Wednesday, May 4 at 6 p.m. Members of the public interested in submitting questions to Ms. Wright can sign up at www.queensbp.org/rsvp to participate in the Zoom meeting. Those who do not sign up will still be able to view a livestream of the meeting at www.queensbp.org.

WHAT:         Borough President Richards to Host “Cannabis Chat” with NYS Cannabis Control Board Chairwoman Tremaine Wright

WHEN:         Wednesday, May 4 at 6:00 p.m.

WHERE:        via Zoom. RSVP at www.queensbp.org/rsvp

                     Livestream will also be viewable at www.queensbp.org

WHO:            DONOVAN RICHARDS JR., Queens Borough President

                      TREMAINE WRIGHT, Chair, New York State Cannabis Control Board 

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