Roc NORML was founded in January 2018 and is the Rochester, NY chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Law. The chapter is a non-profit grassroots organization in the process of filing as a 501(c)4 corporation..
Our vision is that with our organizations advocacy and our communities voices, New York will be the leader in building a socially responsible model to regulate and tax cannabis for adult use.
How We’ll Do It…
- Center the conversation around reparations to individuals and communities that have been most targeted and damaged in the war on drugs, including:
- Sealing of records, re-sentencing convictions, and eliminating other types of state supervision for offenses that become legal under the new legislation;
- Priority licensing and other measures, like financial and business related support, to ensure diversity and equity within the cannabis industry;
- Establishing a Community Reinvestment Grant Fund from 50% of tax revenue generated. The funds would be accessible to community-based organizations for job training and placement, re-entry services, adult education programming,and other services;
- A model supporting small business and multiple access points into the industry, similar to how the craft beer industry in New York is structured;
- Consumer protections, especially in regard to: housing, driving, and employment;
- Inclusion of home cultivation that allows for collective/community gardens; and
- Allowing for on-site/public consumption spaces
- Provisions for banking and with making business expenses deductible for State taxes; and
- Measures and funding to conduct research