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New York’s out, the USDA is in… What’s Next for Hemp Growers?

Background On August 14th, Commissioner Richard A. Ball sent out two letters on behalf of the Department of Agriculture & Markets (DAM) to the USDA. These letters detailed the relationship between NYS and the USDA as the Interim Final Rule (IFR), the USDA’s legislation to oversee hemp cultivation federally, comes into effect October 31st of …

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Mayor Hal McCabe

Sporting a shirt with bigfoot on it, the Mayor of Homer came on to talk legalizing adult-use cannabis. Hal McCabe is the Executive Director for the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources. The bipartisan commission is composed of 10 members in the legislature to analyze bills and their effects on Upstate Communities. In addition to administering …

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NYC Suburbs: A Roadblock to Legalizing Adult-Use Cannabis

Lack of public support and tough elections have turned New York’s suburbs into a battleground for legalization efforts. With complete governing control in Albany, the Democratic Party has had little problem in implementing its broad policy agenda. Legalizing cannabis for adult-use has been a priority for Democrats over the past two years. Assembly Majority Leader …

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CRTA Tax Report

Read the Full Report The Cannabis Regulation & Tax Act (CRTA) was first proposed in Governor Cuomo’s FY 2020 budget proposal and set the groundwork for legal adult-use cannabis in New York. Despite endorsements from Governor Cuomo and upstate lawmakers, the CRTA ultimately failed due to a lack of support from moderate districts in Westchester …

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Cannabis in New York: What You Need to Know

Cannabis has experienced an explosion of recognition amongst policymakers and business leaders  across New York in recent years. Hemp cultivation has seen yearly expansion, CBD products are sold statewide, and adult-use legalization has been a hot topic in the state legislature. Alongside this explosion in popularity, NYS has and continues to establish various regulations across …

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OPINION: How Legalization Can Benefit Disadvantaged Communities

Sarah Prentice is a policy research intern for Castetter Sustainability Group and has been researching the implications of adult-use cannabis legalization on disadvantaged communities.   Through this research, Sarah has prepared the following recommendations to best support those communities and individuals most impacted by the War on Drugs. These recommendations and views do not necessarily reflect …

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