US (NY): Governor signs law to speed up start of commercial cannabis cultivation

Gov. Kathy Hochul signed legislation allowing New York cannabis farmers to start planting adult-use cannabis this year.

In a statement, Hochul said the new temporary licenses could help fast-track the opening of the state’s adult-use cannabis market, and will benefit New York-based farmers looking to enter the industry.

“I am proud to sign this bill, which positions New York’s farmers to be the first to grow cannabis and jumpstart the safe, equitable and inclusive new industry we are building,” Hochul said Tuesday.

The new law allows the state to immediately begin issuing temporary adult-use cannabis cultivation licenses to hemp farmers that have grown and harvested hemp (another form of cannabis) for at least two of the past four years. It also authorizes the state to grant temporary licenses to adult-use cannabis processors.

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