KINGSTON, N.Y. — You’ll be able to have it. You’ll be able to smoke it. However till the Hashish Management Board fleshes out the construction of the state’s new hashish regulation, it is going to be a while earlier than people over the age of 21 will be capable to legally buy marijuana in New York state.
The brand new regulation permits people to own as much as 3 ounces of marijuana (though, once more, it’s nonetheless unlawful to purchase or promote hashish in New York, and federal legal guidelines prohibit it from being introduced throughout state traces). It may be smoked or vaped anyplace tobacco is allowed, with some exceptions. For instance, smoking is banned within the automotive even when it’s parked in addition to anyplace the place alcohol is served, stated Jennifer Metzger, a former state senator from Rosendale who’s a member of the Hashish Management Board.
Whereas the regulation could at the moment appear to be an enigma, Metzger stated there actually is a logic behind it.
“It takes time to set up the whole regulatory framework and it takes time to create new businesses as well,” she stated.
Work in creating that framework was stymied by a six-month delay within the creation of the board, due largely to the sexual harassment scandal that enveloped former Gov. Andrew Cuomo and finally led to his resignation.
Gov. Kathy Hochul appointed the ultimate two members to the five-member panel in late September, clearing the best way for the board to start its work.
Since October, the board has been working to develop the rules that may govern the brand new business, together with issuing functions and licenses to hashish companies and approving the foundations and rules that may govern the brand new business.
The physique has already made some headway, significantly round rules governing medical marijuana — though it’s not out there but, the board has added smokeable marijuana to the permitted medical marijuana checklist and it expanded the suppliers who can prescribe it — and to the cannabinoid hemp program (CBD), permitting it in meals and drinks as much as sure thresholds.
Now, Metzger stated, the board is popping its consideration to the grownup leisure use program.
Initially, the board had anticipated to roll out the adult-use leisure program inside 18 months of the regulation’s passage in March; whereas that timeframe appears a bit of extra daunting as a result of late begin, Metzger stated commissioners consider it could nonetheless be in attain.
“We are trying to make up for lost time,” she stated. ” We hope to beat the 18-month deadline. We hope to have the ability to get the regulator framework in locations earlier than then, however we will’t promise.”
Metzger stated the brand new regulation permits for 9 several types of licenses to be issued. The board, she stated, should outline what these licenses are and the factors one should meet to obtain a specific license. The board should additionally set up the factors for these making use of for licenses underneath the regulation’s social and financial fairness provisions. Below the regulation, 50 p.c of the licenses have to be awarded to social and financial fairness candidates. And it should additionally set up rules for on-site consumption of marijuana in addition to the rules governing promoting and advertising and marketing. As well as, it should develop rules for house cultivation, which shall be permitted to happen 18 months after the primary dispensary opens, in addition to for the cultivation, distribution, processing and supply of the merchandise.
“There’s a lot of meat to be put on the bones of the law,” she stated.
On the similar time, Metzger added, the Hashish Management Board is within the strategy of staffing the brand new Workplace of Hashish Administration. That workplace, she stated, could have upwards of 140 staff, together with inspectors, compliance officers and workers charged with reviewing functions.
The board lately appointed Chris Alexander as head of the Workplace of Hashish Administration and named Jason Starr as its chief fairness officer.
A 13-member advisory board that may advise the Hashish Management Board should additionally nonetheless be appointed, she stated.
All through every step of the method, in accordance with Metzger, the board will search public enter earlier than adopting the ultimate rules. The general public remark interval on homegrown cultivation for medical marijuana ends on Tuesday, Jan. 18.
To be taught extra about New York state’s hashish legal guidelines or to comply with the workings of the Hashish Management Board go to www.hashish.ny.gov.