Amid signs of a renewed push this year to legalize recreational pot in New York state, activists in the city have formed a new organization to lay the groundwork for an orderly, inclusive marketplace—and avoid some of the problems that have beset legalization in other regions.

The group’s organizers say that even with legalization far from guaranteed in this year’s legislative session, the potential size of the New York market calls for extensive preparation, and that conversations among the industry’s assortment of players need to start now.

“There’s a need for mediation between the sectors in the market,” said Noah Potter, a longtime advocate and lawyer in the cannabis field, who helped create the cannabis association.

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