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New York Pro-Marijuana Group Becomes Political Action Committee

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The marijuana advocate group Restrict & Regulate in NY State 2019 is planning a public information campaign in New York. The group wants to influence voters to hold a constitutional convention regarding legal recreational marijuana. The group hopes it’s a better option for legalizing adult recreational use.

Leading the advocacy group is Jerome Dewald, a 66-year old venture capitalist, according to NY Daily News. Dewald invests in marijuana industry businesses nationwide. He says the legislation has been “bottled up in the Legislature for several years”.

Dewald said, “We believe that going through a convention process is the only viable and reasonable alternative to the Legislature.”

He also said, “We simply don’t believe that (legislators) will achieve any objectively reasonable result in less than five years.”

Representatives will be present at festivals and millennial-centric events all summer long. A traditional ad campaign is slated to start this fall.

Every 20 years, in New York, constitutional conventions can be put up for decision by the state’s voters. With positive election results, delegates and a convention would begin in 2019.

Senator Liz Krueger said, “I sincerely have no idea what kind of momentum this proposal would have.”

Some labor unions are opposing legalization as they claim it will weaken worker protections in the state.