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The idea is that there would be uniform standards for market regulation, including:
- Minority participation.
- Small-business participation.
- THC potency.
But how realistic is it that the Northeast could, in effect, become a regional bloc that legalizes adult-use marijuana with a unified regulatory framework?
It took nearly five decades, but the New York Cannabis Parade has finally gone mainstream. “We have an unprecedented lineup of elected officials this year,” says co-organizer Noah Potter, an attorney specializing in drug policy. “We’ve never had anything comparable.”
The “very bold and forward-thinking” City Councilman Rafael Espinal was the first elected official to participate in the march, and that was just in 2015. In 2018, there are seven politicians taking part; New York governor hopeful Cynthia Nixon has also come out in support for legalization.