MPP opens New York office, hires ex-US senator as senior adviser

A national marijuana industry advocacy group is opening a New York office in hopes of strengthening the state’s medical marijuana program and, possibly, increasing business opportunities.

Marijuana Policy Project has hired former Republican U.S. Senator Alfonse D’Amato to serve as a senior adviser for New York and added community organizer Landon Dais to serve as political director in the Empire State, according to the New York Daily News.

D’Amato – a U.S. senator from 1981 to ’99 – told the newspaper that MPP’s agenda in New York includes lobbying for a bill to make medical marijuana available for veterans in the state who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.

MMJ businesses in states that add PTSD to their qualifying lists typically see an increase in patient counts.

Despite recently doubling the number of business licenses to 10, New York’s MMJ program is still woefully small considering the state’s population.

D’Amato also didn’t rule out the possibility of lobbying for New York to legalize recreational marijuana for adults.

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One comment on “MPP opens New York office, hires ex-US senator as senior adviser
  1. Lawrence Goodwin on

    Fine. Best of luck moving the mountain that is New York state’s anti-marijuana tyrants, among whom Alfonse D’Amato ranked as one of the most heartless not too long ago (he coldly refused for years to advocate for a repeal of the fraudulent federal law). I”ll concede his change of heart and his political influence. But someone should be grilling this guy as to why—in relation to legal cannabis commerce—he waited so long to act with basic decency and common sense. Will D’Amato demand that the NY State Police, along with the state’s 62 county sheriffs and 62 district attorneys, cease peddling, with zeal, their anti-marijuana actions and rhetoric? I doubt it, so this nightmare of a policy is bound to drag on. The helicopters are about to hit the skies over private property statewide all over again; and the local police invasion squads constantly perpetuate the wasteful annual hunting of “illegal” cannabis growers.

    Of all groups, the Marijuana Policy Project should realize that New York state has more than 50,000 square miles. It’s not confined to the five boroughs of New York City. The state capital is three hours north, in Albany, and there’s a real hotbed of cannabis advocacy five hours west in Buffalo. I hope MPP’s efforts bring together the largest coalition possible.

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