Proposed Adult Cannabis Regulations in New York; here’s what you need to know

STATEN ISLAND, NY – The state Cannabis Control Board on Wednesday proposed advancing regulations for the labeling, advertising, packaging and laboratory testing of adult-use cannabis products in New York.

The regulations, which are subject to a 60-day public comment period starting June 15, are designed to help protect public health and reduce waste, the state said.

Some of the regulatory requirements include child-resistant packaging, distinct labeling that identifies products as containing cannabis with THC, and limiting the marketing of cannabis products to an adult audience only.

The proposed regulations include establishing an application process that allows independent cannabis testing laboratories to operate. The regulations allow existing independent labs already certified to test medical cannabis under the state Department of Health to also test medical and adult-use cannabis under the Office of Cannabis Management (OCM).

“Protecting public health, reducing harm, and promoting sustainable industry practices are key elements of legalizing cannabis for adult use, and I look forward to reviewing these regulations as we grow the industry. “said Tremaine Wright, chair of the Cannabis Control Commission.

Office of Cannabis Management Executive Director Chris Alexander said the proposed regulations show the intent to set the highest possible quality and safety standards for the New York cannabis market and commitment keep the products out of the reach of children.

“If approved by the board, then we will have an opportunity to hear from the public and get feedback to ensure these bylaws reflect the best ideas,” Alexander said.

162 FARMS APPROVED TO GROW ADULT CANNABIS

The Cannabis Control Board on Wednesday approved 16 additional adult-use cannabis cultivator licenses, bringing the total number of farms in New York City licensed to grow cannabis for adult use to 162.

In February, Governor Kathy Hochul signed legislation that created a conditional license allowing New York City hemp growers to grow cannabis during the 2022 growing season for the future adult-use cannabis market.

The conditional adult-use cannabis cultivator license prioritizes New York growers to participate in the nascent market, while helping to ensure cannabis products are available for the next adult-use program.

Licensed cannabis producers are required to maintain safe, sustainable, and environmentally responsible cultivation practices; participate in a social equity mentorship program; and enter into a labor peace agreement with a bona fide labor organization.

Farmers must adhere to quality assurance, health, and safety requirements developed and outlined by the state’s Office of Cannabis Management and must participate in sustainability and equity mentoring programs.

The Office of Cannabis Management began accepting applications March 15; the deadline for submitting applications is June 30, 2022.

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