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De Blasio Dithers on Marijuana

De Blasio Dithers on Marijuana

BY NATHAN RILEY | Public officials in the city and state should suspend marijuana enforcement until Albany resolves the pressing question of legalization. A new consensus is gaining momentum that the risks of marijuana can be controlled by public health measures. At its recent State Convention, New York State Democrats supported legal adult sales of recreational […]

Safe Consumption Delay Prompts City Hall Sit-In

Safe Consumption Delay Prompts City Hall Sit-In

BY NATHAN RILEY | Chanting “no more overdoses,” 75 angry New Yorkers packed the steps of City Hall on April 5 and then a smaller group staged a sit-in at the gates leading to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office, forcing police to eject them. The demonstrators were making an emotional plea to the mayor that he […]

Drug Reformers Fault Cuomo’s Approach to Fentanyl

Drug Reformers Fault Cuomo’s Approach to Fentanyl

BY NATHAN RILEY | The End Overdose NY Campaign blasted Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to add fentanyl, a powerful opioid, to the list of controlled substances. “It will not save a single life,” warned Jeremy Saunders, co-director of VOCAL-NY, a leader in the coalition. “We won’t end the overdose crisis by filling up jail cells,” Daniel […]

Advocates Press de Blasio to Release Safe Drug Use Study

Advocates Press de Blasio to Release Safe Drug Use Study

BY NATHAN RILEY | Advocates are demanding that Mayor Bill de Blasio release a city health department feasibility study on safer consumption spaces where users take their drugs in the presence of an overdose prevention worker. Nearly 100 such facilities are operating around the world, but New York City has delayed moving forward on this […]

Assembly Holds Hearing on Legalizing Pot

Assembly Holds Hearing on Legalizing Pot

BY NATHAN RILEY | Demanding that New York State stop racist law enforcement patterns by legalizing adult use of marijuana, advocates told members of the State Assembly, including Health Committee chair Richard N. Gottfried, a Chelsea Democrat, that police stops are traumatizing black and brown New Yorkers. At a January 11 hearing in Lower Manhattan, speaker […]

Under de Blasio, Bulk of Pot Arrestees Black or Latino

Under de Blasio, Bulk of Pot Arrestees Black or Latino

BY NATHAN RILEY | Despite the fact that Democrats continue to become more dependent on reliable voting support from communities of color, groups fighting the criminalization of marginalized New Yorkers report that under Mayor Bill de Blasio virtually everyone arrested for marijuana is black or Latino. Appearing at a July 11 City Hall press conference, drug […]