New York, New York: The newly appointed governor of New York says she wants to “jumpstart” the implementation of marijuana legalization, and she took a major step on Wednesday by making two key regulatory appointments to oversee the state’s cannabis market that were quickly confirmed by the Senate during a special session.
Former New York Assemblywoman Tremaine Wright (D) will serve as chair of the Cannabis Control Board, and former Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) staffer Christopher Alexander will be the executive director of the state’s Office of Cannabis Management. The Senate Finance Committee advanced the two nominations earlier on Wednesday prior to the final vote.
Under New York’s legalization law, the independent Office of Cannabis Management within the New York State Liquor Authority was established and will be responsible for regulating the recreational cannabis market as well as the existing medical marijuana and hemp programs. It will be overseen by a five-member Cannabis Control Board. Three members will be appointed by the governor, and the Senate and Assembly would appoint one member each. It’s not yet clear when those other appointments will be made. (Marijuana Moment)
“One of my top priorities is to finally get New York’s cannabis industry up and running this has been long overdue, but we’re going to make up for lost time”
Gov. Kathy Hochul
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