State lawmakers are looking to make significant changes to the state’s recreational marijuana law.
NY1 has confirmed that talks are underway between the legislature and the govenor’s office on just what those changes should look like.
The Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act passed the legislature and was signed into law in 2021. But since then, there have been setbacks to getting legal cannabis sales up and running.
What You Need To Know
- Lawmakers are in talks with Gov. Kathy Hochul’s office on how to make significant structural changes to the state’s marijuana law
- Changes being looked at include modifying the tax structure and enhancing the state’s ability to shutdown illegal shops
- New York’s law is also the subject of two lawsuits at the state and federal level for its preferential treatment of who can obtain licenses to sell the product
Now talks are underway to change the law and make it easier to sell legal pot.
“I wouldn’t characterize it as an overhaul. But I would characterize it as some necessary tweaking,” said Democratic Assembly Majority Leader Crystal People’s-Stokes, a Buffalo Democrat. “For one thing, we’ve never done this before in this state. And we are doing it differently in order to focus on New Yorkers first. So, there are a lot of things that need to be tweaked.”
For starters, lawmakers want to pass legislation that would step up enforcement, giving the state the authority to shut down illegal shops that have…
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