Gov. Hochul’s office can not say that legal weeds will be ready in New York

  • New York Governor Kathy Hochul was left with a delayed legalized rollout of cannabis upon accession.
  • Hochul and the legislature finally got people appointed to key positions last month.
  • However, an official was not able to even provide a preliminary date for legal purchases.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul has addressed the weakness left by her predecessor after New York officially legalized marijuana back in March, but is still unable to set a date for when New Yorkers will be able to buy it legally. .

Insider tried to question Hochul about it during a brief press conference she held Wednesday and asked the governor’s office after she stopped gagging at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Manhattan’s Battery Park.

When asked when New Yorkers can plan to go to a pharmacy and buy pot legally, a Hochul official explained how the governor has worked with state lawmakers to “move fast” and “work fast” with full legalization, but did not even provide a preliminary time frame for when that would happen.

“The governor worked with his legislative partners to quickly make important appointments to the Office of Cannabis Management and the Cannabis Control Board, which was fully constituted on September 22,” Jason Gough, Hochul’s Deputy Director of Economic Development, told Insider in an email.

“Just yesterday, the board and OCM built on the momentum with the appointment of agency management, including a Chief Equity Officer, who will ensure that the new industry is focused on economic and social justice from the start and the expansion of the medical cannabis program to do so. more accessible to New Yorkers who want to benefit, “continued Gough, a former meteorologist in the air for Albany’s NBC affiliate. “We will continue to work quickly to bring this new industry safely to life.”

Although cannabis use is now legal in New York, the process of establishing rules for pharmacies and “places of consumption” was delayed by months under Hochul’s predecessor, Andrew Cuomo.

When he resigned in August, Cuomo and the legislature had not made basic appointments to the Office of Cannabis Management and the Cannabis Control Board, both created by the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act.

As Insiders Jeremy Berke and Yeji Jesse Lee have previously reported, the future of New York’s $ 7 billion cannabis industry is in full swing and left to a small group of power actors.

Currently, there are only 10 licenses available across the state medical market, with these companies waiting for the entire market to open until they can sell more than a fraction of what they currently produce.

Currently, the timeline from mid to late 2022, when New Yorkers can participate in the legal cannabis market, is still weak at best.

Meanwhile, 21-year-olds and over can record anywhere cigarette smoking is allowed and carry up to 3 ounces of flower on them. Previous criminal records for marijuana-related offenses have also been deleted.

The nearest pharmacies are in New Jersey, Massachusetts and Connecticut.

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