With Governor Andrew Cuomo announcing that New York will become the 21st state to legalize medical marijuana, the race to full legalization in New York state is on. BuzzFeed recently rounded up 7 of the key adovcates working for marijuana law reform in New York. Check them out below:
Senator Liz Krueger
Senator Krueger was behind December's proposed "Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act" which would regulate pot in the same way alcohol is currently. It would also allow for NY residents to grow up to six plants in their homes.
Alfredo Carrasquillo (VOCAL-NY)
Carrasquillo is the civil rights organizer for VOCAL-NY and seeks to "change the narrative" around drug use in New York City.
Harry Levine (Marijuana-Arrests.com)
A professor of Sociology at Queens College, Levine has been giving New Yorkers the lowdown on marijuana arrests since 2005 making "visible what is often invisible." He also also coined the phrase that "New York City is the marijuana arrest capital of the world."
Assemblyman Karim Camara
Camara is Chair of the New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, and Asian Legislative Caucus and actually introduced the marijuana arrest reform bill that was passed in the NY State Assembly. Even though it didn't make it through the Senate, the bill would have made possession of small amounts of marijuana punishable by a fine as opposed to arrest.
Jim Dwyer (NY Times Columnist)
Dwyer writes frankly about weed culture for the Times in pieces like "Side Effects of Arrests for Marijuana" and "A Call to Shift Policy on Marijuana." He has been known to bring up tough questions on accountability and other related topics.
Council Members Jumaane Williams, Melissa Mark-Viverito, and Brad Lander
Williams and Lander led the charge with the Community Safety Act legislation last year that was supported by the likes of Mark Viverito among others. Two of the four bills were vetoed by former Mayor Bloomberg, but the council went so far as to override his veto.
gabriel sayegh (Drug Policy Alliance NY)
As New York Director of the Drug Policy Alliance, gabriel sayegh partners with community leaders and agencies to reform outdated drug laws.