Impact of cannabis legalization to be reviewed

(April 13, 2022 at 10am)

QUEENS, NY – In response to the legalization of adult-use cannabis (also known as marijuana) in New York State, Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr. will hold his inaugural “Cannabis Conference” on Wednesday, April 20, at 6 PM in the Helen Marshall Cultural Center at Queens Borough Hall.

Conference attendees will learn the details about the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA), the State law 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.

Attendees will also gain insight about the emerging legal cannabis industry and get the latest updates on licensing procedures and the development of the State’s regulatory framework for the cannabis market.

Conference programming includes opening remarks from Borough President Richards and a panel discussion featuring a diverse group of stakeholders including health care and legal professionals, advocates, and an expert on the history of the stigmatization of cannabis in the United States. Following the panel discussion will be a question-and-answer segment with attendees.

“Cannabis legalization will bring with it a number of economic, legal and societal changes here in Queens and across the State,” said Borough President RICHARDS. “Our Cannabis Conference will help residents navigate these changes by reviewing its provisions and explaining how it aims to bring restorative justice and social equity to communities that were unfairly targeted by cannabis enforcement. I urge anyone with questions about cannabis legalization to attend what will surely be an informative and thought-provoking conference.”

The conference is being co-sponsored by New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, New York City Comptroller Brad Lander, State Senator James Sanders Jr., State Senator Jessica Ramos, Assembly Member Catalina Cruz, Assembly Member Alicia Hyndman, Assembly Member Khaleel Anderson and City Council Member Nantasha Williams.

Members of the public who wish to attend the event can RSVP at www.queensbp.org/rsvp.

Proof of vaccination will be required for entry into the event. All attendees must wear masks while inside Queens Borough Hall.

WHAT:         Borough President Richards Hosts Inaugural Cannabis Conference

WHEN:         Wednesday, April 20, 2022 at 6 PM

WHERE:       Helen Marshall Cultural Center at Queens Borough Hall, 120-55 Queens Blvd. in Kew Gardens

WHO:            DONOVAN RICHARDS JR., Queens Borough President

                      Diverse panel of stakeholders

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