Howie Hawkins and the Green Party support the immediate legalization of the growth, sale and possession of cannabis and hemp under NY State law, and for legal opposition to Federal prosecutions for the same.
The War of Drugs has been a failure. It hasn't reduced substance abuse, but rather has created a culture of violence fueled by profits from the drug trade, similar to the crime wave that accompanied the prohibition of alcohol in the 1920’s.
Despite decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana four decades ago, New York State leads the country in marijuana arrests. New York has led the way in making the United States the world leader in the number of inmates. New York spends more state dollars on prisons than it does on the State University. It is time to focus on rebuilding our communities and rehabilitating individuals.Read more
"I hope that everyone here will throw yourself into Howie Hawkins' campaign...no working class victory is possible without hundred, thousands and tens of thousands of activists dedicating themselves to the cause....you have to know that every hour you spend is going to be critical"
"They are trembling in fear," says Kshama Sawant Socialist Seattle Council Member. Sawant explains that the Democrats, funded by business interests, can't deliver for working people even with the best of intentions, adding that we must build and independent movement. She states it can happen in New York too with Howie Hawkins.
Howie Hawkins, Green Party NY candidate for Governor, compares his progressive policies to Andrew Cuomo's rhetoric. We're organizing a party of working people, independent of the parties funded by the 1%.
Brian Jones, Green Party NY Lt. Gov candidate, speaks passionately on Education, working people, Occupy Wall Street movement, critiques Democratic Party and Governor Andrew Cuomo.