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New York Takes First Step Toward Marijuana Legalization Implementation With New Cannabis Website

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) on Friday unveiled a new government website that provides information about the provisions of the state’s new marijuana legalization law, which went into effect under a bill he signed on Wednesday.

The governor’s office has been running victory laps since the bill’s signing, and the website for the new Office of Cannabis Management is the latest example of how the administration is working to show its commitment to effectively implementing the policy change.

“Legalizing cannabis was the first step in this historic endeavor to right the wrongs of the past,” Cuomo said in a press release about the site’s launch. “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.”

On the site, people can view the text of the legislation, as well as a fact sheet outlining its various provisions. There are also breakout pages that provide information about specific components of the law: recreational marijuana, medical cannabis, hemp, licensing and local government.

For the adult-use section, there are details about the rules governing personal possession, which is immediately legal for adults 21 and older for up to three ounces, as well as ID requirements for when retail stores open. It covers where cannabis can be consumers, rules for landlords and more.

The page emphasizes that impaired driving is prohibited and people under 21 are not able to purchase or possess cannabis. It also talks about how home cultivation will be allowed but only after the office issues regulations and describes the tax structure for marijuana sales.

Interestingly, the page will also include a “Find a Dispensary” feature once those shops are set up.

“The website outlines the comprehensive reforms this legislation enacts, and I know will be a valued resource for many as we move forward,” Cuomo said.

Other pages highlight rules for the state’s existing hemp and medical cannabis programs, which were also impacted by the passage of the adult-use legalization bill.

The site also details the process municipalities would have to undertake to opt out of allowing marijuana businesses to operate in their area, as well as local tax information.

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Photo courtesy of Mike Latimer.

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