New York Dispensary Worker Faces Legal Situation as State and Federal Marijuana Laws Clash – Jushi Holdin – Benzinga


Although recreational marijuana is legal in New York, Jumal George, a New York marijuana dispensary worker, is currently being held at Rikers Island due to a cannabis-related felony charge stemming from an outstanding warrant in Pennsylvania.

According to The City, he was initially detained for driving without a license and subsequently sentenced to seven days in jail for this offense.

George, who transitioned into the legal cannabis industry after New York legalized recreational marijuana in 2021, now awaits extradition to Pennsylvania, where he faces a felony charge for marijuana possession with intent to distribute, along with six misdemeanor charges. If convicted, he could face a prison sentence of up to 15 years. To support his legal defense, a GoFundMe campaign has raised over $10,000. Authorities in York County, Pennsylvania, and George’s public defenders have yet to comment on the case, per the local news.

In July, State Senators Dan Laughlin (R-Erie) and Sharif Street (D-Philadelphia) filed SB 846, a bill proposing the legalization of marijuana consumption for adults aged 21 and above is making its way through the state’s legislative process. This proposed legislation outlines various measures aimed at deterring underage usage, and preventing marketing to children, and includes provisions for the expungement

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