New York regulators on Thursday approved dozens of licenses to grow cannabis as part of the highly anticipated Empire State Cannabis Recreation Program.
New York Cannabis Control Council She said It signed “the first 52 adult-use cannabis licenses for plantations throughout the state.”
“The first cannabis product on dispensary shelves will come from hard-working family farmers in New York, not from companies out of state.” announce on Twitter.
New York’s political leaders announced the announcement as a major step toward the state’s planned launch of retail cannabis later this year.
“New York farms have been the backbone of our state’s economy since before the American Revolution, and now, New York farms will be at the heart of the more equitable cannabis industry in the country.” She said in the current situation. “I am proud to announce the first licenses to grow cannabis for adult use in the state, and I am proud of the work that the Office of Cannabis Management and the Cannabis Control Board are doing to increase and operate cannabis sales to adults as quickly as possible without compromising our mission to advance the communities and individuals most affected by the past century of cannabis prohibition.”
Last month , declared Hochul The Seed Opportunity Initiative, which requires that the first 100-200 dispensary licenses in New York be granted to individuals with previous convictions related to cannabis, or who have family members with such convictions on their records.
As part of this initiative, New York farmers who grow hemp have already been given the first fork in growing hemp for the adult use market.
Farmers must comply with the quality, health and safety requirements set by them [Office of Cannabis Management]Hoochul’s office explained in the initiative announcement. “They should also be involved in sustainability and equity-related extension programs that will help build the first generation of cannabis owners across the entire supply chain. These conditional licenses allow farmers to grow cannabis in the 2022 growing season.”
New York Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes said Thursday that “the approval of the first 52 temporary cultivation licenses will help create a responsible start for the [New York state] The cannabis industry by giving farmers the ability to produce enough produce and stock for Social Justice retail dispensaries to meet the expected initial legal market demand.”
“We are well on our way toward achieving our goal of creating a viable and inclusive pathway for minorities and small farmers to have the opportunity to create intergenerational wealth for their families and communities. I am proud of the work done to date by the New York State Office of Cannabis Management and the Cannabis Control Board, and I look forward to the That our actions bear fruit.
New York legalized recreational cannabis use last year when the then government. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law.
But the regulated market has been slow to take shape under Cuomo, who resigned in August amid allegations of sexual misconduct.
Since becoming the state’s first female governor, Hoechul has been determined to run the adult-use program.
In September, she said Ending late appointments To the cannabis management office.
“The New York cannabis industry has been on hold for far too long – I’m making important dates for the Office of Cannabis Management appointment for success so they can succeed,” Hochul said in a statement at the time.
New York officials hope that sales of recreational utensils will begin later this year. Until then, New Yorkers can always cross the bridge into New Jersey, where adult dispensaries are scheduled to open next week.