The rollout of New York’s new cannabis policies has new life after the state legislature confirmed appointments to oversee the regulatory process last week, but the state is still months away from issuing licenses to retailers, growers and processors.
The Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act, or MRTA, passed in April. However, much of the rollout has been delayed because Gov. Andrew Cuomo did not nominate officials to the newly created Office of Cannabis Management and Cannabis Control Board.
“These are people that wrote the bill. They should’ve had these people in mind when they wrote those statutes,” said Troy Smit, Deputy Director of Empire State NORML.
Gov. Kathy Hochul appointed two people to fill the top posts for cannabis regulation. Acting in a special summer session, the state senate quickly confirmed Christopher Alexander to be executive director of the Office of Cannabis Management.