Late Tuesday morning, former Erie County Executive Joel Giambra announced the launch of NY Grows to the media along with several colleagues from the organization. “Prohibition is not an effective policy,” says Giambra. He went on to explain that New York State stands to gain $600 million dollars in tax revenue, save $1.2 billion in law enforcement and criminal justice costs, and create as many as 100,000 jobs following marijuana legalization.
Maximilian Eyle, who handles their social media and online promotions, said, “Even five years ago it was hard to imagine eight states would legalize recreational marijuana, almost 30 for medical. Things are happening quickly, and I think we can clearly see where the tide is moving."