A majority of New Yorkers, 61 percent, think municipalities should have the right to refuse 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 cannabis sales should be discreet and located outside of highly visible areas. More than half of black respondents (53%), Hispanic respondents (61%), and respondents age 50 and older (62%) oppose the culture in their area.
Respondents were split between those who wanted to include social justice provisions in the licensing process for legal cannabis, with 51% in favor of such licensing, and those who had been convicted of cannabis use – that is, those who were allowed to own or operate an adult-use business. While 59% favored allocating a portion of cannabis tax revenue 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 the 18 to 34 year olds, 78% actively supported culture at home, while 52% of those surveyed supported 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) has included reforms in his 2022 budget and his appeal to the state.
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