As New York rushes toward the opening of a new legal recreational marijuana market, The state it seems “Strive to develop a way to measure the time motorists drive under the influence of cannabis because there is no current standard or valid test.”
This is according to Sunday’s report in New York Postwho said Gov. Cathy Hochhol’s administration has issued a call for a mechanism to monitor weed-infected drivers.
“With the legalization of adult cannabis use, there are concerns that there will be an increase in disability driving accidents after cannabis use,” the New York Department of Health said in a proposal. As quoted by Mail.
“Identification of drivers with disabilities due to cannabis use is critical…..however, unlike alcohol, there are currently no evidence-based methods for detecting driving with cannabis use,” The note continued.
The news comes amid growing anticipation for the launch of New York’s first regulated adult marijuana retailer. according to MailAnd the New York is expected to grant “up to 175 licenses to sell marijuana in the coming weeks.”
Hochul said last week that the country is still on the right track To launch a new regulated cannabis market by the end of this year.
“We expect to open the first 20 dispensaries by the end of this year,” Hochhol told Advance Media New York’s editorial board. “And then every month or so, another 20 months, so, we’re not going to jam it in there. It will work and it will be successful.”
The state began accepting applications for adult dispensary licenses on August 25, with Deadline arrives on September 26th. New York officials said nearly 500 applications were submitted, while hundreds of applicants were rejected due to their ineligibility.
First dispensary licenses will be allocated to individuals who have previously been convicted of a vessel-related crime.
“New York State is making history, launching a first-of-its-kind approach to the cannabis industry that takes a huge step forward in righting wrongs of the past,” Hochhol said in her March policy announcement. “The regulations put in place by the Cannabis Control Council today will prioritize local farmers and entrepreneurs, creating jobs and opportunities for communities that have been neglected and left behind. I am proud that New York will be a national model for the safe, fair and inclusive industry we are building now.”
Hochul’s predecessor, former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, legalized recreational cannabis in the state when he signed a bill in March 2021. The action promptly ended the state’s ban on possession, but a regulated cannabis market was slow to emerge from under Cuomo, who stepped down Governor post in August last year amid allegations of sexual misconduct.
After taking the position, Hochul made it a priority to run the show, something she promoted in her interview with the editorial staff last week.
When I became governor, nothing happened. Nothing. “I shut down because there’s a battle between the administration and the legislature over who’s going to be the CEO and the chairs of the cannabis review boards,” she said. Within one week, I named the people. I got things going. So, when I talk to people about being a part of this industry, the first thing they say is “thank you”. Because otherwise we can still wait and wait and wait until the simplest steps are taken. So we were moving quickly.”