End the war on drugs & criminalization of mental illness.

The Problem

The criminalization of drug use has not been an effective method of prevention. Instead, it has created more dangerous conditions: enabling police harassment, subjecting more people to the violence of prisons and jails, and putting immigrants at risk of deportation since arrests are logged in a database accessible by ICE.

How We’ll Solve It

We must end the criminalization of drug use and mental illness and create off-ramps from incarceration.

The Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (S.854/A.1248) – PASSED

establishes legal, regulated marijuana access for adults 21 and over, addresses the impacts of prior criminalization, establishes an equitable and diverse industry, and reinvests cannabis tax revenue in communities that have been most impacted by the drug war.

Treatment Not Jails

ensures off-ramps to incarceration for people with mental illness or mental health needs by expanding access to pre-plea diversion.

Decriminalizing the Possession and Sale of Syringes (S.2523/A.868) and buprenorphine (S.2524/A.612)

promotes access to proven public health measures for people who use drugs, rather than punishment, which increases the risk of fatal overdose.

Marijuana Regulation and Taxation ActBill explainerhttp://smart-ny.com/mrta-bill-summary/
Marijuana JusticeCampaign Backgroundhttp://smart-ny.com/why-start-smart/

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18
Mar

Why we need the MRTA

07:00 PM

Why we need the MRTA

Please join us on March 18th at 7 pm EST, via Zoom, where Cannaware Society and a compelling group of panelists unite to discuss the importance of the MRTA and why it must be passed. Our panel will consist of experts and leaders in the cannabis industry. They will explain what is wrong with the […]

01
Jan

Tell the Governor, Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart Cousins, and Speaker Carl Heastie We Need Marijuana Justice!

12:00 AM

Tell the Governor, Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart Cousins, and Speaker Carl Heastie We Need Marijuana Justice!

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