Here at Le Haute Spa, we are dedicated to ending marijuana prohibition and transforming stigma. We are urging you to join us in this fight by taking direct action-contacting your local Assembly Member, State Senator, and Governor Cuomo to support the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (A. 3506 – Peoples-Stokes / S. 3040 – Krueger) to bring an end to marijuana prohibition and to repair the collateral consequences of the War on Drugs on communities across NY state.
Are you ready to take action?
Here’s what to do:
1) Find your state representatives:
Look up your Assembly member here
Look up your Senator here
2) Call and email your Assembly member, State Senator, AND the Governor and tell them to support marijuana justice by passing legalization in the state budget by April 1.
Also let Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie know you want marijuana justice in the budget:
– Governor Cuomo 518-474-8390
– Majority Leader Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins 518-455-2585
– Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie 518-455-3791
3) Read Start SMART NY's sample script as a guideline when you call or write:
Hello, my name is _______.
I’m your constituent from ________________ (say your neighborhood here). I am a supporter of the Start SMART NY campaign and I want to urge you to support marijuana legalization in the NY state budget! The Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (Senate Bill 1527/Assembly Bill 1617)- this is the bill to look at for guidance on changes that are needed to the Cannabis Regulation and Taxation Act (the bill included in the Governor’s budget proposal). The bill currently has 22 co-sponsors in the Senate and 43 co-sponsors in the Assembly.
Communities most harmed by marijuana prohibition have suffered too long and are anxious for marijuana justice, sustainable equity, repair and reinvestment. I, along with many other New Yorkers, support marijuana legalization! I’m counting on you to ensure our state passes marijuana justice in the budget. We unanimously agree the MRTA is far superior to the CRTA, and revisions must be made to the CRTA before it is passed into law.
The most important changes needed to the CRTA include:
Allocating a specific % of tax revenue to reinvest into social programs for communities disproportionately harmed from the war on drugs;
Preventing further criminalization of consumers for possessing small amounts of illicit marijuana;
Allowing for home cultivation of cannabis for personal, adult-use;
Promoting and supporting the growth and sustainability of small businesses and building diversity and equity in the industry;
Access to commonly found cannabis products in the regulated market with a goal of keeping current consumers patronizing the legal market;
Formation of the Office of Cannabis Management to oversee the cannabis industry and regulations, with checks and balances provided through legislative approval;