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New York state is offering the first 150 licenses for the legal sale of weed to people – and their relatives – who have been previously convicted of dealing or selling the drug.

The policy, implemented by the state’s Democratic leaders, seeks to compensate African-American and Hispanic communities whose members were disproportionately arrested and convicted during the time weed was illegal.

The state legalized recreational weed for residents aged 21 and over in March 2021. Anyone previously convicted of possessing marijuana was also eligible for resentencing under the new law.

Legal marijuana sales are estimated to result in $1.3 billion in sales and provide up to 24,000 more jobs in the state. 

Meanwhile, the Big Apple is cracking down on illegal marijuana sales. Mayor Eric Adams announced last week that 600 pounds of weed – worth about $4 million – had been confiscated in the past two weeks. 

New York is offering previously convicted cannabis dealers and sellers first dibs on business license to legally sell the drug after it became legal in 2021. Pictured: Visitors at a legal cannabis store in the Bronx, New York City, on December 9, 2022

New York is offering previously convicted cannabis dealers and sellers first dibs on business license to legally sell the drug after it became legal in 2021. Pictured: Visitors at a legal cannabis store in the Bronx, New York City, on December 9, 2022

Democratic leaders argued that African-American and Hispanic communities need to be compensated after decades or 'disproportionate' arrests, Visitors learned how to apply for a legal cannabis license during an event in the Bronx on December 9, 2022

Democratic leaders argued that African-American and Hispanic communities need to be compensated after decades or ‘disproportionate’ arrests, Visitors learned how to apply for a legal cannabis license during an event in the Bronx on December 9, 2022

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