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Legal marijuana in NYC remains a persistent problem months after the bill was passed

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NEW YORK CITY – The purchase of marijuana in New York City remains a hazy proposition months after it was legalized by lawmakers across the state.

Yes, 420 friendly New Yorkers have more choices – cough and cough – than ever to weed after Marijuana Regulation and Taxes Act He entered into law in March.

But all the storefronts, bodegas, showrooms, and converted food trucks that sell or “gift” a scene of marijuana strains are still operating illegally because state officials haven’t established regulations for the sales yet. The legally sold cannabis range remains as elusive as ever in New York City.

“Here we’re approaching a year later, and I don’t think we have a process for when to start legal adult sales,” said Michael McQueen, a consultant at Foley Hoag LLP who works in cannabis law.

Rest assured, though, New Yorkers—it’s only a matter of time before New York imposes penalties on marijuana dispensaries as it does in other states with legal weed. The question is how long.

A story of two countries

Cannabis legalization occurred in the Empire State shortly after New Jersey hit him.

But New Jersey is much closer to exciting legal sales – the first cannabis licenses are going out this month.

“I think the irony is that you went to New York City, and it smells more pungent than cannabis from New Jersey,” McQueen said.

“It’s a story of two countries,” he said.

McQueen said the slow legal sale process in New York was due to a combination of factors.

First, nearly every country legalizing cannabis has experienced delays and complications. McQueen said New Jersey had a deadline to start submitting applications in February, but things are only getting rolling now.

Then there is the method of writing New York legalization law.

the states Marijuana Regulation and Taxes Act He made adult use of cannabis legal, but left decisions about regulations to a new Office of Cannabis Administration.

“They have that daunting task of literally filling in the details,” McQueen said.

The problem is that the office took months to establish.

State Senator Liz Krueger, who sponsored the legalization bill, directly blamed former Governor Andrew Cuomo.

“Unfortunately, the previous administration slowed down and played political games around the establishment of the Office of Cannabis Management, which left us several months behind,” she said in a statement. “When Governor Hochul took office, she moved very quickly and appointed several outstanding people to lead the effort, and I am very pleased with the progress they have made. I hope to see the release of the draft adult entertainment sales regulations early next year.”

Dispensaries are still looming

New Yorkers will have to wait longer to see legal dispensaries that handle both sweet and sticky marijuana.

They will likely see these pot shops appear in New Jersey and possibly Connecticut before they appear in the Big Apple.

That would set fire to the New York regulator, McQueen said. They will likely soon be drafting firm guidelines on sales, licenses, and everything else to legally sell marijuana in New York.

“I think people will start to see a meaningful change in the summer of 2022,” he said.

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