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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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Industrial Hemp Comes to the Hudson Valley Last week, Jacobowitz and Gubits, LLP assisted the parties to a contract for the growing, cultivation, and harvesting of industrial hemp here in Orange County. One of the parties has an Industrial Hemp Research Partner Authorization issued by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, authorizing…

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Delving into the Weeds:  Industrial Hemp Licenses – Grain and Fiber In, CBD on Hold If you’re looking to obtain a license to grow industrial hemp, your budding plans may get put on hold. As of December 2018, New York State Department of Agriculture and Market’s Division of Plant Industry has temporarily paused acceptance of…

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Taxes, Pot and Your Business Taxes, Pot and Your Business. If you run a legal business selling medical marijuana, can you take federal tax deductions for business expenses allowed for any business? Out west, the answer is no and here is the explanation. Let’s start with an important caveat: Selling marijuana for recreational use in…

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