Media Report: With regulations finalized and cannabis applications opening soon, tears and pleadings at Cannabis Control Board meeting reports on the ensuing chaos!


New York’s Cannabis Control Board on Tuesday gave final approval to regulations that will govern the state’s legal cannabis industry, as dozens of stakeholders asked board members to stop large multi-state companies from entering the sector this year.

With the CCB’s unanimous approval of the 344-page rules and regulations document, businesses applying for cannabis licenses – including cultivator, processor, distributor, microbusiness and retail dispensary – can begin submitting documents on Oct. 4.

“I know that today is a day of mixed emotions for many who are excited to see the market launch,” said Chris Alexander, executive director of the Office of Cannabis Management. “There are additional items that we will continue to fine tune, as it relates to the regulations.”

Board members passed the regulatory package without debate. A public comment period at the end of Tuesday’s meeting lasted nearly two hours, as licensed growers, processors, retailers and other stakeholders aired concerns, criticisms and defenses of both the newly approved rules and how state cannabis regulators have handled New York’s legal weed rollout.

While most commenters made a point to acknowledge the work OCM has undertaken in an effort to create an equitable marijuana marketplace, many complained that the regulations set strict indoor grow limits for cultivators while allowing medical cannabis Registered Organizations larger indoor grow setups.

Numerous commenters said the OCM and CCB shouldn’t allow ROs to enter New York’s adult-use market until 2025, and noted that these large companies could begin competing against CAURD businesses while the vast majority of these licensees cannot open due to an active court injunction.

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