Episode 19: The State of NY Cannabis with New York State Senator Liz Krueger
This week on The Green Rush, Lewis and Anne had the pleasure of speaking with New York State Senator Liz Krueger, one of the greatest advocates for cannabis in the New York state house. Senator Krueger represents the 28th District, which encompasses the Upper East Side of Manhattan and is the primary sponsor of The Marijuana Regulation And Taxation Act, which she first introduced back in 2015. During their conversation, The Green Rush and Senator Krueger touch on a number of issues facing cannabis in New York state including the current status of the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act, what New York can learn from other states about how to properly introduce and regulate cannabis and how the Senator’s stance on cannabis reflects her work around poverty and social justice issues.
First elected to the New York State Senate in a Special Election in February 2002, Liz Krueger is currently the Ranking Member of Senate Finance Committee. She is also a member of five other committees: Elections; Higher Education; Housing, Construction and Community Development; Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities; and Rules. For the past several years, Manhattan state senator Liz Krueger has proposed a marijuana tax and regulation bill modeled on the state liquor law that treats marijuana companies like beverage distributors. Senator Krueger’s conservative estimate is that legalization of cannabis could produce $500 million in new revenue for the state government, $2 billion in new economic activity, and $300 million in savings for the state’s criminal justice system.
Links and mentions in the show
Links to the guest’s company and social media accounts
Senator Krueger’s Twitter – https://twitter.com/LizKrueger
Senator Krueger’s Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/statesenatorlizkrueger/
This episode was hosted by Anne Donohoe and Lewis Goldberg of KCSA Strategic Communications
Special thanks to Nick Opich, our associate producer, and Jorge (Brasco) Hermida at CannabisRadio.com.