New York Hemp

New York’s Proposed Hemp Products Rules: A Model for the Industry

On October 27, the New York Department of Health (the “DOH”) released much anticipated proposed rules to regulate the processing, manufacturing, sale and marketing of cannabinoid hemp products in the state (the “Rules”). In accordance with A08977, which Governor Andrew Cuomo enacted at the beginning of this year, the DOH was tasked with creating a

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New York Medical Cannabis Licensing: Is It Worth It For Anyone?

On July 31, 2015, the New York State Department of Health awarded five licenses for medical marijuana cultivation, processing, and distribution authorized by the state’s Compassionate Care Act that went into effect on July 5, 2014. These five license recipients now have a deadline of January 5, 2016, or eighteen months from the date the law

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Is Your Pot Safe? Don’t Be So Sure

Noelle Crombie of the Oregonian blows the lid off Oregon’s lack of any real testing or standards for its medical marijuana products. In her series, “A Tainted High,” Ms. Crombie calls into question the safety of cannabis in Oregon. This is the kind of story that will lead to major realizations and to significant changes and I

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New York Cannabis Licensing: The Basics*

Here in New York, it feels like we are (finally) off to the races. The New York State Department of Health recently posted the application for medical marijuana manufacturers and dispensaries, with two very important deadlines. The first is a May 5 at 4:00pm EST deadline to submit any questions to the Department regarding the application.

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First Marijuana Tribal Conference: Tulalip Reservation on February 27

On October 28, 2014, the United States Department of Justice issued a “Policy Statement Regarding Marijuana Issues in Indian Country.” In this memo, the DOJ stated that its eight enforcement priorities will apply “in the event that sovereign Indian Nations seek to legalize the cultivation or use of marijuana in Indian Country.” At least one

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Recreational Marijuana Coming To New York State?

By Ryan Malkin* Decades of arresting marijuana users has “failed to prevent” its use, “created a violent, illegal drug market,” and “disproportionately impacted African-American and Latino communities,” notes New York Senate Bill S01747, filed January 14, 2015. The New York “marijuana regulation and taxation act” was introduced by senators Krueger, Dilan, Hoylman, Montgomery, and Rivera.

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Medical Marijuana in New York: Still a Year Away

After much debate and some difficulties in the legislature, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed New York State’s Compassionate Care Act into law on July 7, 2014. The intentions of the lawmakers were clear: it would be one of the most restrictive medical marijuana laws in the country — if not the most restrictive. However, the program

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New York’s Compassionate Care Act and The Road Ahead

I attended the National Cannabis Industry Association luncheon in New York City last week on the state of New York State’s recently enacted Compassionate Care Act. The highlights of this altogether excellent event were speeches by New York State Assemblyman Steve Katz and New York State Senator Diane Savino. Both speeches were thoughtful and both provided insight