New York Lawmakers Approve Governor’s Key Marijuana Regulatory Appointees To ‘Jumpstart’ Legalization

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The newly inaugurated governor of New York says she wants to “jumpstart” the implementation of marijuana legalization—and she took a major step on Wednesday by making two key regulatory appointments for the state’s cannabis market that have now been confirmed in a Senate committee during a special session. The Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday advanced the two nominations. Former New York Assemblywoman Tremaine Wright (D) was nominated to chair the Cannabis Control Board, and former Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) staffer Christopher Alexander was named executive director of the state’s Office of Cannabis Management. The actions in the Senate panel set the stage for a full chamber vote, which is expected to happen later in the day. “We’re definitely excited that the governor has prioritized rolling this out,” Alexander said at the hearing. “We had a six month delay—we’re behind six months already—and so the [governor’s] priority, she’s been very clear that she wants to get this going.” Gov. Kathy Hochul (D), who replaced former Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) last week after he resigned amid a sexual harassment scandal, has been supportive of the legislature’s passage of the adult-use legalization bill this year. And while her predecessor faced criticism as negotiations with legislators on potential appointments stalled, Hochul has now taken the helm and is working with leaders on how to move the process forward. Hochul said at a press conference on Tuesday that the issue is “very important to me,” and she will be addressing the “long-overdue decisions pertaining to establishing cannabis in the state of New York.”

“There’s no reason why simple announcements in terms of who the executive director [of the Office of Cannabis Management] is and who the chairperson is were not done in time, but I’m going to make up for that lost time,”…

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