Marijuana legalization in New York may soon become a reality
by Travyan Suttle
The groundwork for marijuana legalization in New York has been laid out after regulatory process appointments have been set by the state legislature.
The Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act, or MRTA was passed last April but was delayed due to former Governor Andrew Cuomo’s failure to nominate officials to the recently created Cannabis Control Board and Office of Cannabis Management.
Recently appointed Governor Kathy Hochul has nominated and appointed two officials to fill the top two posts for cannabis regulation, with Christopher Alexander being named the executive director of the Office of Cannabis Management.
Former Assembly member Tremaine Wright will also lead the cannabis control board.
The state is still reportedly months away from issuing marijuana licenses to local businesses.