Some more positive news following Governor Kathy Hochul’s ascension to New York’s Governorship: Cannabis Control Board and Office of Cannabis Management appointments should be coming soon! On August 25, 2021, the New York Post reported:
“‘Nominating and confirming individuals with diverse experiences and subject matter expertise, who are representative of communities from across the state, to the Cannabis Control Board is a priority for Governor Hochul,’ the new governor’s spokesman, Jordan Bennet, told the Post.
‘We look forward to working with the legislature to keep this process moving forward.’ The Hochul rep said.”
There is a lot to unpack from just a few sentences of quotes. First and foremost, it sounds like Governor Hochul is focusing on appointing individuals with experience in the cannabis industry. Considering the fact that the CCB and OCM will be tasked with creating New York’s (legal) adult-use cannabis industry whole cloth, actually understanding the industry and the practical implications of its rules is critical to the successful build-out of the MRTA.
To that end, there are a lot of potential missteps that could be easily avoided with the right experience and forethought. A few simple ones we are hoping for:
issuing cultivation licenses first