In his 2019 Justice Agenda, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) proposed a statewide program to address the effects of marijuana-related criminalization. The program, if implemented, will reduce the impact of prosecution of marijuana charges in communities of color.
Let’s get one thing straight — marijuana legalization cannot be accomplished without reparations to communities of color harmed by its criminalization.
The one restitution Cuomo has proposed is the automatic sealing of certain cannabis-related criminal records. While this can be effective in helping ex-convicts find work or go to school after prison, it doesn’t address negative social effects on communities.
What Cuomo has proposed is a start, but it’s not enough.
More reparations must be made to communities of color, if the governor does, indeed, successfully legalize recreational marijuana in New York state….