Start SMART New York

Start SMART New York

Sensible Marijuana Access through Regulated Trade

Post #156

Marijuana Justice becomes Law in New York!

Enactment of the MRTA legalizes marijuana for adult use, addresses the harms of overcriminalization with automatic expungement and protections from discrimination, and establishes one of the most ambitious marijuana legalization programs in the nation with social equity and community reinvestment. It will also regulate the medical marijuana program and hemp/CBD farming, along with adult-use recreational cannabis, under the Office of Cannabis Management.

What Is Start SMART NY?

Start SMART NY – Sensible Marijuana Access through Regulated Trade – is the campaign dedicated to ending marijuana prohibition in New York. We believe that it is time to stop the ineffective, racially biased, and unjust enforcement of marijuana prohibition and to create a new, well-regulated, and inclusive marijuana industry that is rooted in racial and economic justice.

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SMART for Communities

Creating a legal marijuana market in New York means we can better restrict minors’ access to marijuana, increase accessibility for those with medicinal needs, and reinvest in communities most harmed by prohibition.

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SMART for Racial Justice

Ending marijuana prohibition in New York will combat the hyper-criminalization of communities of color and provide new opportunities for social and economic advancement.


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SMART for NY’s Economy

Establishing a legal market for adult marijuana use in New York and creating a system to tax and regulate marijuana will put state tax dollars to better use, create new jobs, and generate millions in tax revenue.

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Since 1993

MARIJUANA: Equity. Justice. Reinvestment Conference

Why Does NY Need Marijuana Justice?

Over the last twenty years, the enforcement of marijuana prohibition has devastated communities across the state of New York. It has been a tool for the hyper-criminalization of young people of color and has been the justification for unconstitutional policing practices. All of this has come at a great human and financial cost–the Start SMART NY campaign believes it is time to find another way.

The War on Drugs: From Prohibition to Gold Rush

This video, narrated by Jay Z, is part history lesson and part vision statement. Jay Z maps the devastation caused by the war on drugs and raises important questions about economic equity in the emerging above ground marijuana industry.

We are working to end prohibition in New York and establish a well-regulated and inclusive marijuana industry — one that will create new jobs, foster small businesses, and generate millions in tax revenue. These funds will be used in part to reinvest in communities that have been most harmed by marijuana prohibition.

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Do you want to encourage New York state to end prohibition and establish a legal, regulated market for marijuana?

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NY Legalization Explainer

Download the PDF What Does the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (S.854-a/A.1248-a) Do? Allows the use of marijuana by adults over 21; automatically expunges records...
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Letter to Legislative Leaders: Pass the MRTA

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Poll Results: Strong Public Support for the MRTA Bill Across Swing New York Senate Districts

A recent poll from Change Research of 2,323 likely November 2020 voters in seven swing New York State Senate Districts from June 6 - 9...
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Call to Action: Marijuana Policy Reform in the City of Rochester & Monroe County

Over the past twenty years, New York State had the troubling distinction of being the marijuana arrest capital of the country, with more than 800,000...
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