New York Cannabis Board Approves Packaging, Marketing, Testing Regulations; 16 More Cultivation Licenses Issued

New York Cannabis Board Approves Packaging, Marketing, Testing Regulations; 16 More Cultivation Licenses Issued
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<![CDATA[As New York cannabis regulators steady the ship for the launch of adult-use sales by the end of the year, the state’s Cannabis Control Board (CCB) members approved June 1 their first regulations for the broader market. Those regulations establish specific parameters for packaging and labeling, marketing and advertising, and laboratory testing in the forthcoming industry. The board members’ unanimous approvals on Wednesday came after nearly three months of work by Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) officials to carry out the state’s Seeding Opportunity Initiative, which aims to position individuals with prior cannabis-related criminal offenses to make the first adult-use cannabis sales with products grown by New York farmers. Specifically, through OCM recommendations, CCB members have approved 162 existing hemp farmers for conditional adult-use cannabis cultivation licenses for the 2022 growing season, including their latest batch of 16 approved applicants on Wednesday. While the Seeding Opportunity Initiative guides initial steps toward developing a “strong” adult-use market, CCB Chairwoman Tremaine Wright said she and her colleagues recognize that “there is so much more to do in order to establish a robust adult-use cannabis market” in New York. “So today, we’re going to consider two sections of regulations that will be a part of the broader and much-anticipated adult-use regulations,” she said during Wednesday’s regular meeting. “These regulations were selected as the first sections for consideration because they will help ensure products are safe and tested with appropriate consumer protection labeling,” she said. “We also recognize the need to expand our cannabis laboratory testing capacity within the state to ensure we have enough third-party labs online and ready to properly test regulated cannabis products.” The approved packaging and labeling regulations aim to ensure adult-use cannabis products are safe for consumers and do not target youth or promote overconsumption. Minimum standards include: Child-resistant,…

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