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ALBANY, NY – Governor Cuomo enacted New York’s Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act this spring to legalize the recreational use of cannabis by adults.

But, much of the framework for legally developing, selling and buying the product has yet to be put in place.

NewsChannel 34’s Corina Cappabianca has more on a legislative proposal to help get things done for producers.

The Office of Cannabis Management that will oversee the marijuana industry in New York State is not yet fully operational and staffed.

Senator Jeremy Cooney says that right now it is just an information website.

((Jeremy Cooney, NYS Senator))
I don’t know who is behind the magic curtain right now, if you will, but it is clear that we do not have an executive director, because that person has to be confirmed by the New York State Senate, and it doesn’t has not been put to a vote yet.

Cooney says the New York State Senate will also need to confirm a chairman of the board.

While the Board is working, Cooney has a bill to give “provisional adult-use grower licenses” to growers.

((Jeremy Cooney, NYS Senator))
Our legislation will allow farmers in New York State to plant seeds in the ground so that we don’t fall behind and miss another growing season.

Under the bill, if the Office of Cannabis Management did not create a licensing process by January 1, the Ministry of Agriculture and Markets would issue the provisional licenses until the CMO is able to do so.

((Jeremy Cooney, NYS Senator))
We know that before there is a dynamic new market, there really has to be a product to sell, so we want to make sure that we don’t miss a growing season in this process.

The Office of Cannabis Management falls under the New York State Liquor Authority and will also regulate the medical marijuana industry.

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