There was a time when a cannabis conviction might well jeopardize your job prospects.
That’s still true in some cases, of course, but when it comes to New York’s nascent recreational cannabis program, the opposite holds true.
The announcement comes almost exactly one year after then-Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill legalizing cannabis for adults ages 21 and older in New York, calling it “a historic day in New York – one that rights the wrongs of the past by putting an end to harsh prison sentences, embraces an industry that will grow the Empire State’s economy, and prioritizes marginalized communities so those that have suffered the most will be the first to reap the benefits.”
Many parts of the law took effect immediately, including the right to smoke cannabis anywhere where cigarettes are also allowed.
But the regulated market was slow to take shape under Cuomo, who resigned amid allegations of sexual misconduct in August.
His successor, Gov. Kathy Hochul, said shortly after taking office that getting the state’s new cannabis program off the ground
In September, Hochul completed two key appointments to the state board’s Office of Cannabis Management, which is charged with overseeing and enforcing regulations for New York’s cannabis industry.
“New York’s cannabis industry has stalled for far too long – I am making important appointments to set the Office of Cannabis Management up for success so they can hit the ground running,”
The plan to give the first cannabis retail licenses to those with cannabis convictions is what
New York intends to launch adult-use marijuana sales later this year;
The recreational cannabis market could be a massive boon for New York, the second most populous state (after California) to legalize adult-use cannabis. Hochul’s budget that was unveiled in January predicted that New York’s new cannabis market
Last month, Hochul
“I am proud to sign this bill, which positions New York’s farmers to be the first to grow cannabis and jumpstart the safe, equitable and inclusive new industry we are building,” Hochul said in a statement at the time. “New York State will continue to lead the way in delivering on our commitment to bring economic opportunity and growth to every New Yorker in every corner of our great state.”