The clock is ticking for New York Governor Kathy Hochul to sign a bill aimed at helping struggling cannabis farmers impacted by the state’s stalled launch of the retail market.

As farmers sit on hundreds of thousands of pounds of unsold cannabis, the Cannabis Crop Rescue Act would open the market up to tribal nations. The bill has gained bipartisan support, with both democratic and republican state lawmakers urging the governor to sign the bill, which the legislature passed months ago.

The Chairs of the Senate and Assembly Agriculture Committees, Senator Michelle Hinchey (D) and Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo (D), together with their respective Ranking Members, Senator George Borrello (R) and Assemblyman Chris Tague (R), issued a joint statement on Wednesday calling on Hochul to sign the bill before it’s too late.

“In June, we supported and passed a bill through both houses of the legislature that would allow NY-based Tribal Nations to purchase a portion of our oversupply (A7375/S7295). We are urging the governor to quickly sign this short-term solution, one that will help provide some measure of relief to what is quickly becoming an agricultural emergency,” said the statement.

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