Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez Dismisses Over 3,500 Marijuana Cases Following Legalization

The Cases, Dating Back to the 1970s, Remained Open Mostly Because of Warrants; About 240 Active Cases Previously Dismissed, Virtually Clearing the Docket in Brooklyn

Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez Dismisses Over 3,500 Marijuana Cases Following Legalization

Photo: lev radin / Shutterstock.com Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez today asked the Court to dismiss 3,578 marijuana cases that remained on the docket mostly because of open warrants. With this move, nearly all marijuana cases in Brooklyn have been dismissed. Since the State Legislature legalized marijuana in March, the DA’s Office dismissed about 240 […]

Senator Chuck Schumer Proposes Decriminalization of Marijuana at the Federal Level

Senator Chuck Schumer Proposes Decriminalization of Marijuana at the Federal Level

Senate Majority Leader Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) calls to subpoena Barr and Sessions on June 13, 2021 in New York City. (Shutterstock) By Victoria Falk, Special to CAW Just a few months after New York’s Governor, Andrew Cuomo, signed legislation on March 31, 2021, legalizing recreational marijuana use for adults in New York State, Senator […]

Schumer Proposes Federal Decriminalization of Marijuana

Schumer Proposes Federal Decriminalization of Marijuana

By Nicholas Fandos, NY Times WASHINGTON — Senator Chuck Schumer of New York proposed ambitious legislation on Wednesday to decriminalize marijuana at the federal level, putting his weight as majority leader behind a growing movement to unwind the decades-old war on drugs. The draft bill, called the Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act, would remove marijuana from […]

Marijuana Amnesty: Immigrants, Here’s What You Need to Know Now

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Marijuana Amnesty: Immigrants, Here’s What You Need to Know Now

It’s a historic day in New York. On Wednesday, March 31, 2021, after years of advocacy and several deals that fell apart in 2019 and 2020, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill to legalize recreational marijuana in New York. New York becomes the second-most populous state, after California, to legalize recreational marijuana. Although retail sales […]

What NY’s Marijuana Legalization Law Means for Immigrants

Advocates are cheered by a provision of the newly-passed MRTA law, which will establish a process for immigrant New Yorkers to vacate past marijuana convictions in court, to ensure past offenses don’t jeopardize their status.

What NY’s Marijuana Legalization Law Means for Immigrants

A store in New York selling cannabidiol (CBD) extract products, the non-psychoactive component of marijuana. – New York NY/USA-April 6, 2019 (Shutterstock) By Jeanmarie Evelly, City Limits Earlier this week, New York legalized adult-use marijuana, paving the way for a new recreational cannabis industry in the state that lawmakers say will generate jobs and tax […]

Legalization of Marijuana in NY

Legalization of Marijuana in NY

It’s a historic day in New York. The Legalization of Marijuana in NY — which looks to fix the wrongs of the past by putting an end to harsh prison sentences. Hopefully, marginalized communities that have suffered the most will be the first to reap the benefits. And, for the immigrant communities, we have suffered the most. Attorney […]

Legalizing marijuana, once a pipe dream on Capitol Hill, takes an important step forward

Legalizing marijuana, once a pipe dream on Capitol Hill, takes an important step forward

By Rosalie Liccardo Pacula, The Conversation In early December, the House of Representatives passed the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act, or the MORE Act. The bill sought to decriminalize marijuana nationally by removing cannabis from the federal government’s Schedule I controlled substance list. That category indicates the drug has high potential for abuse and […]