Before the state’s adult use effort was derailed this week by coronavirus, significant lobbying on cannabis was underway in the early months of 2020.
Governor Andrew Cuomo said, during a Tuesday press conference about COVID-19, there was "too much, too little time" for adult use cannabis legalization.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is pushing for legalization through the budget, but Krueger has a bill ready if negotiations and compromise come to a dead end.
As it stands: No adult use home grow, no cannabis sales in bars, but the door is left open to social consumption and delivery.
After a failed legalization push in 2019, Cuomo is trying again—and coordinating with other northeast states.
At the annual State of the State address, Cuomo emphasized the need to legalize, and to do so with equity provisions for those hit hardest by disproportionate enforcement of cannabis laws.
Norman Birenbaum steps into a newly created position as NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo pushes for a coordinated northeast approach to adult use legalization.
The state has decided to defer a decision on whether hemp extracts like CBD should be allowed in foods and beverages.
Cannabis analyst Vivien Azer and New York Senator Liz Krueger were among the speakers addressing finance professionals in Manhattan this week.
Allowing farmers to sell hemp and CBD products to medical cannabis businesses gives hemp farmers “another market for their products,” said ag commissioner Richard Ball.
New York Senator Liz Krueger, speaking at a cannabis event on Tuesday evening, also shared where the state’s legalization effort this year went wrong.
Curaleaf lobbied on more state bills than any other cannabis company as the session came to a close.
NY’s Southern Tier is “well on its way to becoming the Silicon Valley of industrial hemp,” Sen. Chuck Schumer said Monday.
On the road to the legislative session’s end, legalization at times seemed certain. But consensus among lawmakers, and support in the Senate, fell short.
Today in Albany, the legislative session draws to a close.
“The objections from members are varied, and for every one we satisfy, another objects,” Sen. Diane Savino told Cannabis Wire.