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Starting this spring, all hemp farmers in New York they will be able to start planting marijuanabut with a provisional license that will be previously granted by the state, this for the upcoming opening of the market for adults of the recreational use of this plant.
New York Governor Kathy Hochul today signed legislation that has created a new conditional license for the cultivation of marijuanawhich opens the door for hemp farmers to apply and begin cultivation soon, according to a statement.
“I am proud to sign this bill, which positions New York farmers to be the first to grow marijuana and launch the new safe, equitable and inclusive industry that we are building,” said Hochul.
According to the release, the Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) will create a license application process and open the program as soon as possible.
“With this bill, we are putting New York farmers, not large corporations, at the forefront of our industry while protecting public health by delivering safely grown produce,” said CMO Executive Director Chris Alexander.
Requirements to grow cannabis in New York
The law says that temporary licensed cannabis growers must meet certain requirementswhich include safe, sustainable and environmentally friendly farming practices, participation in a social equity mentoring program and an agreement with a labor organization.
In March 2021, New York became the 15th state to adopt the measure, which will allow adults 21 and older to have up to 3 ounces of marijuana inside or outside their homes, always for personal use.
adults, in addition can buy and grow up to 6 plants3 that have matured and another 3 in growth.
They may also smoke it in places where the use of cigarettes is allowed, as well as deliver quantities of the herb to other adults 21 years of age or older, as long as there is no financial compensation.
In accordance with the law signed today, with this temporary permit New York farmers will be able to grow the plant outdoors or in a greenhouse for up to two years from the issuance of the license.
It will also allow them to manufacture and distribute cannabis flower products without holding a processor or distributor license, until June 1, 2023.
It is estimated that the new recreational marijuana industry could generate $350 million in annual taxes and part of those funds must be invested in the minority communities affected by convictions for the possession of this drug.
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