A Tale of Two States: Enthusiasm in NY State/Hemp Processor Folds in Kentucky
Jason D. Minard, who serves as both Hempire State Growers’ in-house attorney and a grower himself, said the legislation creates the most comprehensive legal framework in the U.S. and does what the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has yet to do. Minard, a fifth-generation farmer, said the new regulations will make... Read more
Cuomo calls for legalizing, taxing marijuana in budget plan
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), in a budget outline released Tuesday, proposed legalizing and taxing marijuana. The move shows he plans to make good on a promise he made just two weeks earlier at the annual State of the State address, where he pledged to legalize marijuana in... Read more
Marijuana foes aim to thwart N.Y. legalization again
With Gov. Andrew Cuomo aiming to win approval for legalized recreational marijuana in seven weeks, opponents of the proposal urged lawmakers Monday to deal with the issue outside of the state budget. Cuomo has repeatedly said he believes the cannabis proposal will falter if it is handled independently of... Read more
Cuomo amends marijuana legalization plan, but not enough yet for lawmakers
The Cuomo administration has amended its marijuana legalization proposals to include new efforts pertaining to regulating the drug market, the taxation of suppliers and how to prod illicit marijuana suppliers to join a legalized system. “We’ve looked at lessons learned,” said Norman Birenbaum, the state’s director of cannabis programs,... Read more
Second Time’s a Charm?
Governor Cuomo Introduces New Legislation to Regulate Adult-Use Cannabis in New York State To help close New York’s $6 billion budget gap, Governor Andrew Cuomo introduced legislation that would legalize adult-use cannabis within the state as part of his proposed budget for fiscal year 2021, anticipating that tax revenue... Read more
New York’s medical cannabis program has developed substantially over the past several years and is now dominated by publicly traded companies. While it appeared that 2019 would be the year that the Big Apple would become the 12th state to legalize the recreational use of cannabis, the Marijuana Regulation... Read more
New York’s Marijuana legalization wars kick off this week in Albany
Shortly before efforts to legalize marijuana failed in the State Senate last June, the measure’s sponsor made a dire prediction: The issue would be dead in 2020. State Sen. Liz Krueger, a Manhattan Democrat, believed then that lawmakers would fear taking on such a controversial issue in an election... Read more
Committee Blog: Ending The Ban On Interstate Commerce
By Gabriel Cross, CEO of Odyssey DistributionMember of NCIA’s State Regulations Committee Oversupply and shortages, high prices and lack of choice for patients and consumers, illicit markets, tainted products, and the inability to access banking and capital all plague the burgeoning cannabis industry. While cannabis advocates and industry leaders... Read more
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo used his annual State of the State address Wednesday to advocate for a mix of “practical” progressive goals and urgent responsibilities, including waging war on hate crimes, spending $3 billion on environmental protection and legalizing recreational marijuana. The third-term Democrat... Read more
New York’s New Hemp Extract Law and The CBD Marketplace
As part of the new regulatory environment for CBD in New York, a registration requirement now exists for sellers of hemp extract products. Noteworthy, however, is the fact that the new law defers the decision on whether to legalize the addition of hemp extracts, including CBD, to foods or... Read more



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