A lifelong cannabis activist who grew to become a talented interpreter of legislative language was killed Tuesday evening on his method house from a live performance in Central Park.
Doug Greene, 52, was the legislative director of Empire State NORML, the Nationwide Group for the Reform of Marijuana Legal guidelines, and a paralegal on the Midtown regulation agency Shenwick & Associates. In keeping with the Every day Information, he fell onto the tracks on the 72nd Road subway station on Central Park West round 10:45 p.m. Tuesday and was hit by a southbound specific practice.
In current months Greene had been a pivotal determine within the push to legalize grownup leisure use of cannabis in New York state. He had these days stepped up his efforts within the hope of persuading legislators to cross a rewritten legalization invoice earlier than the legislative session ends June 19.
“He is been working across the clock, speaking repeatedly with [Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s] employees, legislators and advocates,” stated Noah Potter, a lawyer and cannabis advocate who had been a good friend and colleague of Greene because the early 1990s. “He wasn’t an instructional, however he was a scholar and skilled on drug coverage. If he did not know the reply to a query, he would know the one who knew the reply.”
Though he was a cannabis client, Greene had described his curiosity in legalization as rooted in social justice.
“I’m a extremely educated authorized skilled from the suburbs, and I’ve by no means been arrested,” he stated throughout an interview with Crain’s in January. “However clearly hundreds of thousands of individuals have been affected by being arrested [for cannabis use], the overwhelming majority of them individuals of colour. It is obscene to make individuals undergo these penalties for one thing that’s comparatively benign.”
Greene was the primary activist to present an in depth response to the governor’s prolonged Hashish Regulation and Taxation Act when it was launched in January. His evaluation of the invoice was central to a narrative about legalization in Crain’s. He additionally posed for a photograph, taken at a Midtown “smoke-easy,” that confirmed him wreathed in smoke.
Though as an advocate he most popular to not seem in photographs that confirmed him smoking, he stated he made an exception as a result of he felt discovering a task for public consumption was an vital challenge in legalization.