A few weeks before the close of session, two dozen people packed into a slim gallery space in Midtown Kingston, for a “cannabis chat” led by Andi Novick, cofounder of the New York Small Farm Alliance of Cannabis Growers and Supporters.
The gathered throng displayed a wide range in familiarity levels with the plant and the legislation, and competing passions and prerogatives.
“Crystal Peoples-Stokes and I have been watching what’s happened state by state, country by country, talking to regulators and advocates.
I believe that New York State can have the best marijuana legalization in the country.” This year, Illinois became the 11th state, plus Washington, DC, to legalize recreational cannabis use since Colorado and Washington broke the seal in 2012.
That’s why everyone—from farmers, investors, and activists to state legislators and the people on your block—seems to be talking about weed these days.