New York continues with its efforts to push the cannabis industry forward with new nominations to the Cannabis Control Board (the “CCB”). The CCB is tasked with overseeing the legal marijuana and hemp markets in New York and implementing the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (“MRTA”).
On September 8th, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie appointed attorney Adam Perry to the CCB. Perry is a partner at Hodgson Russ, LLP in their Buffalo office where he focuses on employment litigation. Perry has represented nonprofits, governments, and businesses in state and federal courts.
The following day, Senate Majority Leader Andrea-Steward Cousins announced the Senate’s nomination the CCB, former Senator Jen Metzger. Metzger served one term as a state senator, representing Orange, Ulster, Sulllivan and Delaware counties in 2019 and 2020. Metzger has declared she will ensure that the cannabis market is environmentally sustainable, equitable, and accountable.
Governor Kathy Hochul’s two appointments to the CCB remain outstanding, which are expected to be announced in the next few weeks. Once the appointments to the CCB are complete, the CCB is expected to publish proposed regulations, to regulate the highly sought-after licenses and the associated application process. Now is the time for New Yorkers to prepare if they are interested in obtaining licenses in the cannabis industry as the application process will commence in the near future and will be highly competitive. The Wagoner Firm is well-versed in the MRTA and will continue to closely follow any new developments as the Legislature and Governor Hochul push New York’s cannabis industry forward.