Category: Small Business

New York: the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA)

A.1617, the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA), has been re-introduced this legislative session. The bill would legalize the adult possession, use, and regulated sale of marijuana. Over the past twenty years, many New Yorkers have been negatively affected by the harms of prohibition in New York. With people of color accounting for nearly 85% of those arrested annually, the MRTA directs the benefits of taxing and regulating marijuana to these communities. Because structural racism is ingrained in marijuana prohibition, it’s important that the MRTA both ends marijuana prohibition and promotes racial justice. Significant steps are taken in the amended MRTA to ensure racial justice and a small business-friendly industry, including: Creating a micro-licensing structure, similar to New York’s rapidly…

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Marijuana Legalization and Workplace Safety: A Short-Lived Hysteria

NORML chapters around the country are working to protect honest, hardworking marijuana consumers from discriminatory workplace drug-testing practices, in particular, the use of random suspicionless urine testing. By emphasizing the importance of impairment detection and workplace safety, we can reframe the conversation to focus on creating a 21st century workplace that’s free of impairment while protecting individual rights.

Marijuana Legalization and Workplace Safety: A Short-Lived Hysteria

NORML chapters around the country are working to protect honest, hardworking marijuana consumers from discriminatory workplace drug-testing practices, in particular, the use of random suspicionless urine testing. By emphasizing the importance of impairment detection and workplace safety, we can reframe the conversation to focus on creating a 21st century workplace that’s free of impairment while protecting individual rights.