The road to marijuana legalization in New York has been a bumpy one, but after years of stalled attempts, New York became the 17th state to legalize the recreational use of cannabis on March 31, 2021.

As America’s third-largest economy, New York will be one of the biggest recreational marijuana markets with the power to open the door for many excluded groups, making the state an influential player when it comes to moving the needle forward toward normalizing the use of cannabis.

In accordance, one of the state’s main goals with this new legislation is to end the criminalization of marijuana use that has disproportionately affected minority and poor communities.

The intent of New York’s social equity legislation

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