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SEEDING OPPORTUNITY INITIATIVE:  NYS CANNABIS UPDATE On March 10, 2022, Governor Kathy Hochul announced the first-in-the-nation Seeding Opportunity Initiative, which will position individuals with prior cannabis-related criminal offenses to make the first adult-use cannabis sales of New York-grown products. This farm-to-store initiative makes sales in New York possible before the end of 2022.  This initiative…

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GOVERNOR HOCHUL SIGNS CONDITIONAL ADULT-USE CANNABIS CULTIVATION BILL Continuing the New York State Office of Cannabis Management’s momentum, Governor Kathy Hochul signed legislation creating a new type of adult-use cannabis license, the “Conditional Adult-Use Cannabis Cultivation” license. This license establishes a “fast-track” path for existing NYS hemp farmers to apply for a conditional license to…

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PRESS RELEASE For more information, contact: Michele Babcock, Managing Partner Jacobowitz and Gubits LLP, 845-764-9656   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Jacobowitz and Gubits Partners Present Solar, Cannabis, and Residential Development to Appraisal Institute WALDEN, N.Y. – Two partners at the law firm of Jacobowitz and Gubits, LLP (J&G) were selected to present to the Mid-Hudson Chapter…

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ANOTHER  BUZZKILL:  THE  ENERGY  IMPACT  OF  MARIJUANA  LEGISLATION  IN  NYS Even as Governor Hochul pushes to restart the stalled marijuana legalization momentum in New York State, there’s yet another roadblock to tackle: the growing concern over the environmental impacts of the budding cannabis industry. Tied primarily to indoor facilities, grow lights, fans, and irrigation systems…

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THE NEW YORK MARIJUANA REGULATION AND TAXATION ACT (MRTA):  Adult-Use On-Site Consumption Licenses The MRTA provides for 11 different kinds of licenses to cultivate and distribute marijuana in New York. One of these licenses is for premises where the on-site consumption of marijuana is permitted. Here are some of the features of this license. A…

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NEW YORK STATE MARIJUANA FACTS an Infographic This is not intended to be legal advice.  You should contact an attorney for advice regarding your specific situation. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________ Gary M. Schuster is Partner at the firm and practices business, non-profit,  arts and entertainment law and marijuana licensing. He can be reached at  845-764-9656 and by email.

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THE NEW YORK MARIJUANA REGULATION AND TAXATION ACT (MRTA):  Adult Use Retail Dispensary Licenses The MRTA provides for 11 different kinds of licenses to cultivate and distribute marijuana in New York. One of these licenses is for premises that sell marijuana to retail customers. As with liquor stores, product must be taken away and may…

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Will the Municipal Opt-Out Kill the MRTA’s Buzz? On March 31, 2021, New York State became the 17th state to legalize adult-use recreational marijuana through the enactment of the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (“MRTA”). Many are taking a budding interest in legalization and are looking to enter the market, whether merely as a consumer…

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NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH RELEASES NEW HEMP REGULATIONS As with almost all areas of American society, the COVID-19 pandemic pushed ‘pause’ on anticipated regulatory changes to the New York State hemp industry.  December 2019 saw new hemp laws that split hemp permits into defined categories with more legislation regarding quality standards, labeling requirements,…

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Freshly Baked: Insight into NY’s New Hemp Laws Hemp may be a budding topic of interest in New York State, but the legal and regulatory landscape drastically changed as of December 9, 2019. On that date, Governor Cuomo signed legislation establishing a more streamlined regulatory framework for the growing, processing, and sale of hemp and…

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