New York is in a funny space right now on the path of cannabis legalization. It was a hot topic during the Governor elections and Cuomo knew that he needed to hop on the train or get left behind. What he didn’t realize was that the cannabis community (and the humble cannabis consumers of New York) want legalization but, only if it includes equity day one. Only if includes funding for programs that support breaking down the damaging injustices that the war on drugs created. That means making the industry accessible for minorities to enter. That means expunging records. That means allowing those who have been jailed the ability to enter the industry. That means not allowing cooperations to sweep in and monopolize the industry.