Jay-Z Shares His Thoughts Following Legalization Of Cannabis In New York! Following news that New York has become the latest US state to legalize the recreational use of cannabis, rapper and businessman Jay-Z has shared his thoughts.
On Wednesday last week (March 31), it was announced that marijuana use for adults 21 and over was now legal in New York and that People can now possess and use up to 3 ounces of cannabis in public under a legalization bill that was signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Apparently the bill allows the “delivery of the drug and permit club-like lounges or ‘consumption sites’ where marijuana, but not alcohol, could be consumed”. New York citizens will also be allowed to grow up to 6 marijuana plants at home for their personal use.
However, smoking of cannabis will not be allowed in schools, workplaces or inside a car. Smoking will also be banned in parks, boardwalks, beaches, pedestrian plazas and playgrounds, where tobacco smoking is banned.
Jay-Z, has since issued a statement on the legalization of Marijuana in his home state. Jay-Z is the Chief Visionary Officer for The Parent Company besides owning his own marijuana brand ‘Monogram’.
“The news of cannabis legalization in New York is incredibly exciting. It represents a long-overdue opportunity for New Yorkers, for the cannabis industry, and for social equity and social justice,” Jay-Z told theGrio.
“I’ve seen first- hand the harm inflicted for generations against Black and minority communities by the war on drugs right here in New York. Today, I’m proud to see my home state join The Parent Company in paving the way for a thriving and equitable cannabis market.”
Following the news, New York is now set to become one of the largest markets of legal cannabis in the United States and among the few states where legalization is directly linked to economic and racial equity.
“By placing community reinvestment, social equity, and justice front and Centre, this law is the new gold standard for reform efforts nationwide,” the New York state director of the Drug Policy Alliance, Melissa Moore said.