Cannabis Control Board Update

Michael Roche


On November 21, 2022, New York’s Cannabis Control Board (the “Board”), the approval and oversight body of the Office of Cannabis Management, conducted one of its most anticipated meetings to date. At the meeting, the Board authorized three cannabis laboratory permits, an additional 16 conditional cultivator licenses, and an additional eight conditional processor licenses. Those approvals, though, were overshadowed by the provisional approval of the first 36 Conditional Adult-Use Retail Dispensary licenses. Included in this approval were eight licenses to be held by nonprofits, 16 licenses in the New York City area, and 10 licenses in the various Upstate regions. Final approval will be subject to satisfactory completion of a secondary supplemental application, which will include a notification to the applicable municipality where the dispensary is located. The Board also adopted regulations designed to establish a hearing and enforcement mechanism for licensees.

In addition, the Board submitted several proposed regulations for public comment, including regulations relating to (1) packaging, labeling, marketing, and advertising, (2) laboratory testing, and (3) adult-use. We will provide additional details regarding these proposed regulations in the future.

If you have any questions regarding this LEGALcurrents, please do not hesitate to contact any member of the firm’s Cannabis Law practice group at 585.232.6500 or 716.853.1616.

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