(WBNG) – On Monday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced 30-day changes to his proposal to establish an adult cannabis program in the state.
In a press release, the governor’s office said the changes detail how $ 100 million will be used to fund social equity and enable the use of delivery services.
In addition, his office said, the changes will “refine what criminal charges will be enforced related to the misuse of cannabis to further reduce the impact on the communities hardest hit by the war on drugs.”
Community revitalization efforts include:
- Job placement and qualification services
- Adult education
- Mental treatment
- Treatment of substance use disorders,
- Financial competence
- Community banking
- Nutritional services
- Adverse childhood experience management services
- After school and child care services, system navigation services
- Legal services for the removal of barriers to re-entry
- Links to health care, women’s health services, and other community-level support services
The State Department would allocate the funds pending approval by the Budget Department under this proposal.
The governor says that because of the potential economic benefits cannabis could offer to distressed areas of the state, New York will allow a delivery service so citizens can “participate” as the industry grows.
However, the governor’s office says local governments will be given the option to turn off the delivery service.
The proposal will also reduce the following drug sentences:
- Third degree criminal selling (selling to under 21s) is classified as a Class A crime
- Second-degree criminal selling (selling over 16 ounces or 80 grams of concentrate) is made a class E crime
- First-degree criminal selling (selling over 64 ounces or 320 grams of concentrate) is made a class D crime
Cuomo said in the press release that the convenience will help New York secure itself after decades of “institutional failure”.
“We know that you can’t get over a problem without first admitting that there is,” he said. “Our comprehensive approach to legalizing and regulating the adult cannabis market provides the opportunity to generate much-needed revenue, but it also enables us to provide direct support to the communities hardest hit by the war on drugs by creating justice and jobs at all levels . ” in every church in our great state. “