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New York bill will pay for hemp-based packaging of cannabis products in the state

New York State Senator Michael Hinchey
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A New York lawmaker has introduced a bill designed to increase demand for biocomposites for hemp-based packaging while helping the state achieve its climate change mitigation goals.

State Senator Michelle Hinchey said in a press release that the measure would boost cannabis cultivation for biodegradable packaging of state cannabis products, and beginA New York cannabis industry that prioritizes sustainability and creates jobs for small farmers while stimulating economic development in rural areas of the state’s north.

Main provisions

The bill would direct the State Cannabis Control Board (CCB) to develop a plan that would establish hemp-based materials as the primary packaging solution for all cannabis products made in the state.

The bill would also direct the Office of Hemp Management (OCM) and Empire State Development (ESD), an economic development agency, to create a sustainable cannabis packaging incubator program that would provide financial incentives to cannabis growers and entrepreneurs who contribute to the development and use of cannabis packaging materials cannabis;

Incredible opportunity

“No other natural resource offers the same environmental, agricultural, and economic potential as hemp,” Henchy said. “We have a fantastic opportunity to unleash the potential of biodegradable hemp-based products that reduce our use of plastic, incentivize farmers and entrepreneurs to be a part of this stage of innovation, and drive an industry that hasn’t even reached a tiny fraction of its full potential.”

With New York’s farms struggling to remain profitable in the global market, many are looking to diversify what they grow and produce, according to Hinchey, who said getting the bill through is among her top priorities for the 2022 legislative session.


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