Congratulations to MY state, New York State! We FINALLY did it, after years of negotiation and struggle adult-use cannabis has finally been LEGALIZED!
I’ve been smoking since I was 18, I’m 39 now so you can just imagine my joy! LMAO! I’ve had my medical marijuana card for some time now but this adult-use legalization just hits different for me. I’m super excited for my brand Stiletto Stonerz, I have so many exciting ideas that I’m ready to unload, and now that we are legal that just makes things a tad bit helpful.
We want to send a HUGE THANK YOU to legislators like Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes (D-Buffalo), and Sen. Liz Krueger (D- Manhattan) whose demand and hard work made this happen!
What’s in the new law
The law’s new provisions include:
- It’s now legal for adults (21+) to possess up to three ounces of cannabis flower, and 24 grams of concentrates. Adults may store up to five ounces of flower at home.
- A new agency, the Office of Cannabis Management, will license and regulate the industry.
- The first operating retail cannabis stores are expected to open in 2022.
- The new law sets a goal of 50% of cannabis licenses going to equity applicants.
- Retail cannabis will be taxed at 13% plus the normal state and local sales taxes.
- Home grown cannabis will eventually be allowed. Adults may grow up to 6 plants each, with a household maximum of 12 plants. Note: Home growing is not legal yet. The new law requires the state to set rules for medical patients by the end of 2021, and for all adults by the end of 2022.
- Cannabis lounges and social consumption sites will be allowed.
- Cannabis delivery services will be allowed.
- Past cannabis convictions, for offenses that are legal under the new law, will be automatically expunged.
- The state’s existing medical marijuana program will be expanded to include more qualifying conditions, and to allow patients to purchase and consumer smokeable flower.
- A five-member cannabis control board will set rules, regulations, and policy.
- The state will create equity programs that include business loans, grants, and start-up incubators.
- Cannabis tax revenues will be reinvested in communities most harmed by the War on Drugs.
We are super excited to celebrate this historic day! What are your plans?