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New York Cannabis: $200 Million for Social Equity

New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced that New York will establish a $200 million fund to support social and economic equity applicants seeking adult-use cannabis licenses. Governor Hochul made the announcement during her State of the State address last week, on January 5, 2022. It is really easy to talk about prioritizing cannabis social equity

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New York Cannabis: State of the State

The first year of legal adult-use cannabis in New York seems as good a year as any to continue the Canna Law Blog’s tradition of annual reflection on all things cannabis (and now psychedelics too!). 2021 has been a groundbreaking year for the cannabis industry in New York. We expect 2022 to be another year

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Reminder: The Parody Defense to Trademark Infringement is Tricky

Parody is a tricky defense to cannabis trademark infringement, or to any infringement allegation whatsoever. For some background on this, check out our posts here, here and here. Still, people riff off established trademarks all the time, and when pursued, they often raise the parody defense. In the cannabis context, this happened most recently in

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Cannabis in 2022: Let’s Look Forward Instead of Back

I really fought myself on putting together a festivus post of all that went wrong for the cannabis industry in 2021. Instead, I want to focus on the positives for 2022 as the industry continues to mature and expand across the U.S. and abroad. As 2021 comes to a close, here’s what I’m looking forward

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New York Cannabis Legislation: Expanded Social Equity and Tax Deductions

In the last two months New York Senator Jeremy Cooney has introduced two pieces of cannabis legislation that could impact New York’s cannabis industry significantly. The first is Senate Bill S7517A, which expands the definition of social and economic equity applicant under the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA) to include gender equality. The second

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New York’s Cannabis Control Board: Third Meeting News

New York’s Cannabis Control Board (CCB) held its third meeting yesterday, November 3, 2021. As will be the case with all CCB meetings, it was broadcast live and a transcript of the meeting will be published here. We were pretty clear with what we were hoping for coming out of the CCB’s third meeting and

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New York’s Cannabis Control Board: 18 Months to Licensure

Since New York passed its adult-use cannabis legislation in March of 2021, we have all been waiting for one thing: a timeline for when adult-use licenses will be issued. We finally have an answer, which is… disappointing. Cannabis Control Board (CCB) Chairwoman Tremaine Wright has now publicly stated that the CCB is “working on an

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New York’s Cannabis Control Board: Second Meeting News

Hot off its first meeting earlier this month, New York’s Cannabis Control Board (CCB) held its second meeting on October 21, 2021. As will be the case with all CCB meetings, it was broadcast live and a transcript of the meeting will be published here. The CCB and the Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) made

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New York’s Cannabis Control Board: Meeting #2 Scheduled Already

After a quick push to have its first meeting on October 5, 2021, New York’s Cannabis Control Board (CCB) has already scheduled its second meeting for Thursday, October 21, 2021. The meeting will be publicly available via the link embedded in this press release. As we did with the first meeting, we will be providing

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OCM Takes Over New York’s Hemp Cannabinoid Program. Now What?

Last week, New York’s Cannabis Control Board (“CCB”) held its first meeting since the enactment of the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (the “MRTA”) and announced the transition of the State’s Cannabinoid Hemp Program (the “Program”) from the Department of Health (“DOH”) to the Office of Cannabis Management (“OCM”) – OCM is tasked with administering