New York’s Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act passed on March 31, 2021, creating a comprehensive regulatory structure to oversee the licensure, cultivation, production, distribution, sale and taxation of medical, adult-use, and cannabinoid hemp within New York State.
New York’s comprehensive regulatory framework includes quality assurance standards for production and manufacturing, strict product testing, labeling, packaging, and advertising to ensure products are safe for consumers and not targeted at the state’s youth.
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With the creation of microbusiness, cooperative, and delivery license types, New York’s Cannabis Regulators are trying to encourage small businesses and farmers to participate in the cannabis industry. A crucial element has been the state’s goal to establish a robust, functioning social and economic equity program to actively encourage members of communities that have historically been disproportionately impacted by cannabis prohibition policies to participate in the nascent industry.
As such, cannabis is now legal in New York for adults 21 years of age and older and can be consumed in a private home, anywhere tobacco use is allowed and at soon-to-be-permitted, state-licensed consumption lounges. These lounges will be similar to those already operating in California and other states, where cannabis — but not alcohol — can be consumed onsite, once regulations are in place.
Like other cities across the U.S., New York municipalities were afforded the opportunity to opt out of allowing retail dispensaries to operate in their jurisdictions, which means it is crucial to understand the complexities associated with opening a cannabis business in areas where the laws have yet to be finalized.
New York’s Cannabis Control Board (CCB) has already approved licenses to cultivate recreational cannabis, issuing 52 permits to local hemp farmers that have grown and harvested hemp (cannabis plants with a THC below 0.3%) for at least two of the past four years, based on the Conditional Cannabis Cultivation Bill Governor Kathy Hochul signed into law in February 2022.
The Conditional Cannabis Cultivation bill also authorizes the state to grant temporary licenses to adult-use cannabis processors.
To learn more about the local and state regulations, review the following New York-specific cannabis resources:
Whether you are new to the New York hemp, CBD, and cannabis industry, or are expanding your business into the Empire State, the prevailing legal requirements and regulations may quickly become overwhelming.
Our experienced New York hemp, CBD, and cannabis law firm can provide customized legal solutions for your business needs.
At Manzuri Law, our talented cannabis lawyers and specialists in New York provide end-to-end solutions for start-ups, acquisitions, and expansions that allow our clients to forge their paths to success.
From licensing and regulatory compliance requirements to real estate, land use, and zoning advice, our skilled New York legal team provides both real-time solutions and long-term risk mitigation planning.
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