Senator Jeremy Cooney of New York introduced a bill on July 20 that would build upon the state’s recreational cannabis law with a focus on getting cultivation up and running.
Cooney’s bill, Senate Bill S7295, would create an adult-use provisional cultivation license that would allow cultivators to begin planting very soon while the state’s recreational cannabis program materializes. “This bill enables New York cannabis farmers to put seeds in the ground, so that the economic benefits of legalizing marijuana are not delayed for another growing season,” Cooney said in a press release.
He continued, “We passed adult-use recreational marijuana with the promise of investing in communities most negatively impacted by the failed War on Drugs. This bill allows us to start fulfilling that promise by creating a supply chain of products for retailers in this new economy.”
SB-S7295 calls upon the state’s Office of Cannabis Management to create a provisional license, unless cultivator’s licenses have already been created by January 1, 2022. A provisional license would offer a cultivator the same benefits as a cultivator’s license for the time being. If neither a provisional license or cultivator’s license is made available to growers by January 1, 2022, SB-S7295 gives the Department of Agriculture and Markets the power to establish a license until the Office of Cannabis Management can complete its licensing requirements.
The bill justifies the desire to get local cultivators growing as soon as possible, in order to allow the state to get things rolling. “The adult-use cannabis industry is projected to be a multi-billion dollar industry in the state of New York. In order to prepare for future cannabis sales, cultivators and farmers across the state will need to take advanced steps to obtain and begin growing the necessary crops.
Seeds need to be planted by June 2022, and sources of these seeds need to located even earlier than that. Because of this, growers may need authorization before the adult-use cultivator’s licenses may be in place,” the bill text reads.S7295
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