Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed a bill Wednesday legalizing adult use of recreational marijuana. Municipalities have to allow use of marijuana but can opt out of allowing retail sale of the products.
The law established the Office of Cannabis Management to create the regulatory framework to cover medical, adult-use and cannabinoid hemp. It also expands the state’s existing medical marijuana and cannabinoid hemp programs.
The legislation provides licensing for marijuana producers, distributors, retailers, and other actors in the cannabis market, and creates a social and economic equity program to assist individuals disproportionately impacted by cannabis enforcement that want to participate in the industry.
The website also provides resources for individuals seeking medical cannabis practitioners, caregivers and medical cannabis IDs, as well as businesses seeking licensure to participate in adult-use, medical and cannabinoid hemp industries.