Doug Greene, an activist focused on the legalization of marijuana, died this week after being hit by a train at 72nd Street. Initial reports from the Daily News said he “fell in front of a southbound train” on Tuesday around 10:45 p.m. NYPD told us they’re waiting for the medical examiner to weigh in on the cause of the incident. They said there was no criminality suspected or observed.
Greene, the New York legislative director for NORML (the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws), was hit at the 72nd Street B and C station at Central Park West after attending a George Clinton concert in Central Park, according to Celebstoner and Crain’s.
“After the show ended at 10 pm, they walked west and left the park, crossing Central Park West, and parted ways after a fun evening of music, Hinden on bicycle and Greene on foot,” Celebstoner reported. “The last time Hinden saw Greene was when he descended the stairs into the 72 Street subway station at approximately 10:30 pm.”
Greene was working hard in the past few months on getting recreational marijuana legalized in New York state. He told Crain’s he believed it was a matter of social justice.
“I am a highly educated legal professional from the suburbs, and I’ve never been arrested,” he said during an interview with Crain’s in January. “But obviously millions of people have been affected by being arrested [for cannabis use], the vast majority of them people of color. It’s obscene to make people suffer those consequences for something that is relatively benign.”
A remembrance was posted on the NORML blog here.