Wrong priorities

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Last week, St. Lawrence County legislators publicly declared that New York state’s goal for “social and economic equity” when it comes to permitting recreational marijuana businesses isn’t very equitable.

The state’s Cannabis Control Board awarded the first 36 conditional adult-use retail dispensary licenses in November — 28 of them to individuals and eight to nonprofit organizations — from a pool of about 900 applicants. All individuals and groups vying for one of the licenses had to demonstrate a link to someone caught up in the criminal justice system. They will have access to $200 million in support from the Social Equity Cannabis Investment Fund.

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