Marijuana Regulation and Tax Action Act (M.R.T.A.)
To prepare youth for community leadership for both today and the future, we developed the Liberation Program (LP). This program is for members of Bro/Sis who have a demonstrated an interest in activism. Members are selected through an intensive application and interview process designed to ensure serious commitment to community development.
The Brotherhood/Sister Sol (Bro/Sis) believe it not only imperative to #CLOSERikers and repair the harms caused, but also necessary to redistribute the funds and invigorate efforts to further build our communities. The movement to #CLOSErikers is grounded in an effort to change our criminal legal system and move it closer to justice. We are a partner in the coalition led by JustLeadershipUSA to #CLOSErikers because Rikers is a stain on the City of New York; it is a broken and unethical facility that offers no solutions. It is not enough to close a deplorable, immoral and unjust institution; though closing Rikers is a must. We need to also rebuild, fortify, and nurture the communities that welcome those most harmed by our world. We must embrace a new way forward.
We believe we can #CLOSErikers in accordance with the ways dictated by the #CLOSErikers partner coalition:
Increasing pre-arrest diversions • Decriminalizing low level offenses to reduce arrests and prosecutions • Eliminating profit-driven money bail practices • Ensuring the Constitutional right to a speedy trial • Expanding existing alternative to incarceration programs • Diverting people with mental health needs or substance addictions into treatment • Eliminating the racist policies and practices that create and fuel the disproportionate impact that the justice system has on Black and Brown, LGBTQI, and gender non-conforming people in the system
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Start Smart NY:
We believe that legalizing marijuana, expunging the records of peoples unjustly incarcerated, investing monies into communities, and ensuring that an appropriate apportionment of licenses and funding granted for marijuana business owners go to peoples in (and historically from) communities directly impacted by the War on Drugs and over-policing. According to the Marijuana Arrest Research Project and The Drug Policy Alliance, in 2017, 82% of people for Marijuana possession were between the ages of 16 – 34 and 86% were Black and Latinx. These are our youth—serving youth between the ages of 8-22, this statistic represents the overwhelming demographic of youth with whom we work. Understanding that Black and Latinx neighborhoods are disproportionately over-policed, under-resourced, and criminalized, we know that legalizing Marijuana is a critical and strategic way to help our youth stay out of the carceral system. We support the passing of the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA).
Principally, the MRTA dictates that:
The Marijuana Regulation & Taxation Act (MRTA) legalizes the production, distribution, and use of marijuana. This bill removes marijuana and marijuana products from New York’s Controlled Substances Act and allows for the regulation of marijuana under the supervision of the Liquor Authority of New York State. This legislation will regulate the distribution and use of marijuana and marijuana products similar to the way alcohol and tobacco are regulated (“Start Smart NY”).
We know that decriminalization is not enough, we need to legalize.
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