NYS Launches Website to Educate
Public on Recent Legalization of Cannabis

April 02, 2021   06:00 p.m.
    Press Release from Governor Cuomo's Office:

    Governor Cuomo Announces Website Launch for Office of Cannabis

    Site Educates New Yorkers On the Recent Legalization of Cannabis
    Website for the Office of Cannabis Management Can Be Viewed Here

    Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the website launch for the
    New York State Office of Cannabis Management. This website educates
    the public on the OCM's regulatory structure which, with the Cannabis
    Control Board, will oversee the licensure, cultivation, production,
    distribution, sale and taxation of medical, adult-use and cannabinoid hemp
    within New York State. The website also provides resources for individuals
    seeking medical cannabis practitioners, caregivers and medical cannabis
    IDs as well as businesses seeking licensure to participate in adult-use,
    medical and cannabinoid hemp industries.

    "Legalizing cannabis was the first step in this historic endeavor to right the
    wrongs of the past," Governor Cuomo said. "The Office of Cannabis
    Management's website provides critical preliminary information pending the
    creation of the Cannabis Control Board about the future of this industry as
    well as resources for individuals and businesses seeking information on the
    future of cannabis in New York State. The website outlines the
    comprehensive reforms this legislation enacts, and I know will be a valued
    resource for many as we move forward."

    On March 31, Governor Cuomo signed legislation legalizing adult-use
    cannabis, fulfilling a key component of his 2021 State of the State agenda.
    This legislation builds on years of work to understand and decriminalize
    cannabis for adult use. The bill establishes the Cannabis Control Board and
    the Office of Cannabis Management to implement a comprehensive
    regulatory framework that covers medical, adult-use and cannabinoid hemp.
    The bill also expands New York State's existing medical cannabis and
    cannabinoid hemp programs. The legislation provides licensing for
    marijuana producers, distributors, retailers, and other actors in the cannabis
    market, and creates a social and economic equity program to assist
    individuals disproportionately impacted by cannabis enforcement that want
    to participate in the industry.

    The development of an adult-use cannabis industry in New York State
    under this legislation has the potential to create significant economic
    opportunities for New Yorkers and the State. Tax collections from the adult-
    use cannabis program are projected to reach $350 million annually.
    Additionally, there is the potential for this new industry to create 30,000 to
    60,000 new jobs across the State.

    In 2018, the Department of Health, under Governor Cuomo's direction,
    conducted a multi-agency study, which concluded that the positive impacts
    of legalizing adult-use cannabis far outweighed the negatives. It also found
    that decades of cannabis prohibition have failed to achieve public health
    and safety goals and have led to unjust arrests and convictions, particularly
    in communities of color.

    In 2019, Governor Cuomo signed legislation to decriminalize the penalties
    for unlawful possession of marijuana. The legislation also put forth a
    process to expunge records for certain marijuana convictions. Later that
    year, the Governor spearheaded a multi-state summit to discuss paths
    towards legalization of adult-use cannabis that would ensure public health
    and safety and coordinate programs regionally to minimize the cross-border
    movement of cannabis products.

    The website for the New York State Office of Cannabis Management can be
    found here.
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