Cannabis activist killed in subway fall
Doug Greene, 52, was the legislative director of Empire State NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, and a paralegal at the Midtown law firm Shenwick & Associates. According to the Daily News, he fell onto the tracks at the 72nd Street subway station on Central Park West around 10:45 p.m. Tuesday and was hit by a southbound express train.
In recent months Greene had been a pivotal figure in the push to legalize adult recreational use of cannabis in New York state. He had lately stepped up his efforts in the hope of persuading legislators to pass a rewritten legalization bill before the legislative session ends June 19.
Greene was the first activist to give a detailed reaction to the governor’s lengthy Cannabis Regulation and Taxation Act when it was introduced in January. His analysis of the bill was central to a story about legalization in Crain’s. He also posed for a photo, taken at a Midtown “smoke-easy,” that showed him wreathed in smoke.
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