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NYC mayor shares plan to use public housing rooftops to grow weed

Apr 21, 2022 | Media Partners, The GrowthOp

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Adams says that by asking for a “waiver,” the state could bypass federal rulings, avoiding conflict and providing use to this public space.

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New York Mayor Eric Adams admits his idea to use federal property to grow federally illegal weed may hit a few bumps in the road, but he has an idea.

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Adams says that by asking for a “waiver,” the state could bypass federal rulings, avoiding conflict and providing use to this public space.

Adams first shared his “rooftop greenhouse” idea at a conference in Albany earlier in April. “We want to examine the possibilities of having a greenhouse space on NYCHA (New York City Housing Authority) rooftops to grow cannabis,” he said at the time.

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“The jobs can come from NYCHA residents. The proceeds and education can go right into employing people right in the area,” the mayor suggested.

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which is responsible for these types of permits and authorizations, responded that it hadn’t been contacted by Adams’s office. “There isn’t much more to say; marijuana is illegal in public housing,” the department noted in an email to Gothamist.

Earlier this week, Adams was asked about the statements he made, making it clear that addressing the federal hurdles was among his priorities.

“We have to get over the federal hurdle because, right now, the federal government does not recognize the legalization in the state,” Adams said.

“I believe there’s a great opportunity for cannabis to be grown on NYCHA rooftops, with an employment aspect of it and using the medical cannabis aspect of it.”

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Still, despite standing by the idea, it appears Adams recognizes that there are many steps involved in receiving an exemption from federal cannabis laws.

“We’re going to sit down with the federal government and federal agencies, [and] see if it’s a possibility to get a waiver [and] how we can get it done,” he said.

Adams said he believes using these rooftops could provide opportunities for employment and better use of the city’s space.

HUD receives money from the federal government, something that could be put at risk if marijuana were to be introduced into the equation.

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