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D- George Borrello (R - NY)

Holds office State Senate District 57

Candidate in race for State Senate District 57 on Tuesday, June 25, 2024


Regarding a marijuana licensing bill: “From day one, I have expressed concern about New York State’s intention to prioritize recreational marijuana licenses for those with drug-related criminal convictions.  Now comes the news that the state will actually be the financial backer for many of these social equity applicants, through a $200 million fund that will be included in this year’s budget. “As a business owner who holds a liquor license, I know firsthand that there is a very high standard for applicants that includes an extensive background check of all owners, including investors. Felony convictions are a barrier to entry. That is done to ensure that organized crime is not involved in the business. “Yet, for marijuana licenses, those with drug convictions are not only going to the front of the line, they are going to receive start-up money, courtesy of state taxpayers. While supporters of the plan argue that this favoritism is reparation for unjust marijuana convictions, the reality is that most of these individuals’ jail time involved the sale and/or possession of harder drugs, in addition to marijuana. The idea that we can turn career criminals into upstanding business people by giving them taxpayer-funded dispensaries in an all-cash industry is utter madness. In the end, New York’s taxpayers will be the collateral damage in this scheme." 3/10/22

2022: Requires Coverage of Medical Marijuana by Certain Insurers, S 8837
2021: The Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act, S 854
Contact George Borrello

Email: lhill@nysenate.gov

Web: https://www.nysenate.gov/senators/george-m-borrello

Phone: 518-455-3563


188 State Street Legislative Office Building Room 707

Albany, NY 12247

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