NY Gov. Cuomo’s Cannabis Policy Will Leave Black People Out of the Money

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo answers a question during a debate with primary opponent Cynthia Nixon at Hofstra University August 29, 2018 in Hempstead, New York.
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If marijuana were legalized in New York, the state could potentially gain an additional $248 million to $678 million in tax revenue, yet during the gubernatorial debate against Cynthia Nixon, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said “I disagree with my opponent that tax revenue should go to reparations!

He was referring to Nixon’s comprehensive plan to restore black and brown communities decimated by the war on drugs, which includes funding public schools, job training, expunging the drug records of criminals with marijuana convictions, investing state tax revenue generated from dispensaries in poor communities, and providing financial assistance and small

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