Issuance of Adult-Use Cannabis Licenses May Be Stalled in New York


<![CDATA[The issuance of adult-use cannabis licenses in New York may be delayed as Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state Senate leaders are reportedly in conflict over who should lead the Office of Cannabis Management (OMC) and Cannabis Control Board (CCB).As previously reported by Cannabis Business Times, Cuomo signed the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA) into law in March, making New York the 17th state to legalize adult-use cannabis. The OMC and CCB were created under the MRTA to oversee the state’s adult-use cannabis market and enforce a comprehensive regulatory framework for adult-use, medical and cannabinoid hemp. The OMC is "governed by a five-member board, with three members appointed by the governor, one appointed by each house," Cannabis Business Times previously reported.According to Politico, lawmakers have argued that the Cuomo administration has taken little action to prepare for the state’s adult-use cannabis market. The governor has yet to enact any MRTA provisions or nominate an OMC executive director and CCB chairperson, which are the first steps to a marketplace being established and licenses being issued. The debate between Cuomo and Senate leaders has left some industry stakeholders questioning Cuomo’s motives and commitment to establish a recreational marketplace, Politico reported."I think he’s still quite ambiguous about the state moving forward, despite the fact that he negotiated the bill and he signed the bill," state Sen. Liz Krueger said in an interview.And Sen. Diane Savino told Politico that while the OMC may have a website, it doesn’t exist in any other form, which is a problem.According to Politico, Cuomo was expected to issue his nominees for OMC executive director and CCB chairperson earlier this month; however, the talks reportedly fell apart due to conflict from the Senate.The Senate voted against nominating Norman Birenbaum, the state director of cannabis programs, as the OMC executive director due to…

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