A Civil Approach to Open-Air Marijuana Markets: The Rochester Drug-Free Streets Initiative -- Ibero-American Development Corporation

Under this grant, Ibero-American Development Corporation through Project Hope seeks to shift the City of Rochester's response to open-air marijuana markets from one that relies almost exclusively on the criminal justice system to one that makes appropriate use of civil remedies and restores community social controls. They will do this by persuading the city to adopt a "restorative justice" approach to this infraction. When that is not sufficient, they may make the case for the issuance of 'stay away' orders that allows for violations to be addressed with civil rather than criminal charges. (The use of stay away orders may require adoption of a new city ordinance.) Open air marijuana markets have a broader impact on community safety by creating unsafe areas and adversely affecting the young [mostly] men who participate, and the community as a whole. In order to achieve their policy changes, they will select two to six neighborhoods to focus on, conduct presentations and information sessions, gain support from residents and stakeholders, develop a white paper of nonpartisan research and analysis on the issue, undertake legal research, and implement civil strategies that are authorized by the city council. No RWJF dollars will be used for lobbying. The project director has received previous training from RWJF and is experienced with the IRS lobbying rules. The grantee has set aside adequate funds to engage in project lobbying activities. Deliverables include stakeholder and informational sessions, leadership teams in each neighborhood, a non-grassroots lobbying sign-on letter, white paper on restorative practices model, legal analyses, restorative "community conferences," and stay-away orders executed and enforced.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $184,500.00

Awarded on: 12/11/2012

Time frame: 11/1/2012 - 4/30/2015

Grant Number: 70530


Ibero-American Development Corporation

954 Clifford Avenue
Rochester, 14621-4848


Miguel Angel Melendez
Project Director