4/20 festival at Highland Bowl Tuesday to celebrate marijuana legalization in Rochester

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — A rally was held in Rochester Tuesday celebrating the legalization of marijuana in New York state.

Tuesday is April 20, or 4/20 — the unofficial holiday for folks take part in the activity.

Tuesday’s rally was organized by Community Justice Initiative, a local activist group, and took place at the Highland Bowl.

“People can be start being released sooner and faster and faster,” said Jordan Smith, Community Justice Initiative. “Get these people out of jail because they don’t need to be there and overall I just hope that it stops the oppression that it being illegal caused.”

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law in late March, legalizing adult-use of marijuana.

People 21 and older can use, smoke, ingest or otherwise consume marijuana and other related products. It’s still illegal to drive a vehicle under the influence of marijuana.

Tuesday’s event was created with ending stigmas attached to marijuana in mind, and educating the community about marijuana legalization.

Roc NORML, Free the People ROC and Hemp Lab hosted an information session Saturday, outlining what people can and can’t do when it comes to smoking pot.

The new laws went into effect immediately after begin signed by Gov. Cuomo. Now the concern is that police and the community might not be clear on what is legal and what isn’t. Organizers also want to provide information on how to get involved with the booming cannabis industry.

“A lot of what the bill has done, from an equity perspective and a justice perspective is changing the rules of what it means to be a cannabis consumer. Let that be possession or consumption so I think, folk, we’re trying create a space so people understand what is allowed and what is not allowed. How is this different than what was and what does it mean for cannabis and cannabis consumers in the future,” Founder of NY Hemp Lab Zach Sarkis said. “We’re really trying to make sure young people, people disproportionately impacted by the war on drugs specifically have access to this information.”

These events are expected to be held monthly for those who are interested.

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