A majority of New Yorkers, 61 percent, think municipalities should have the right to ban adult-use cannabis, while 52 percent of New Yorkers say they would be against the industry in their area, according to a Consensus Strategy poll released Wednesday.

In addition, 53% of respondents indicated that retail sales of cannabis should be discreet and take place outside highly visible areas. More than half of black respondents (53%), Hispanic respondents (61%), and respondents age 50 and older (62%) disapprove of the culture in their region.

Respondents were split between those who wanted to include social justice provisions in the licensing of legal cannabis – 51% favored such licensing – and those who had been convicted of cannabis use, i.e., those who were allowed to own or operate an adult-use business. While 59% support having a portion of cannabis tax revenue go to minority communities disproportionately affected by the war on drugs.

More than one in four New Yorkers who support cannabis legalization (27%) say they will not shop at licensed stores, while 13% of those who oppose the reforms say they are likely to be customers.

Of 18-34 year olds, 78% actively support culture at home and 52% of respondents support culture at home.

Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D) said Tuesday that lawmakers are very close to passing an off-budget legalization bill, reports the Daily News. Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) included reforms in his 2022 budget and State of the Union address.

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TG Branfalt

TG joined the team in 2014 as news editor and began hosting the podcast in 2016. He lives in upstate New York, where he also teaches media studies at a local university.

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