New York governor Kathy Hochul has signed a bill Tuesday that allows hemp cultivators to apply for two-year licenses to grow for the forthcoming legal recreational market for pot; like hemp, it’s a type of cannabis plant.
The license will allow growers to begin planting marijuana this spring.
Allan Gandelman, a Cortland-based hemp grower and the president of the New York Cannabis Growers and Processors Association with the new law signed by Hochul since it a tremendous help for marijuana growers in the state of New York.
“It’s a tremendous opportunity,” said Allan Gandelman said.
“The state is really standing behind the goal of putting New York’s existing small businesses first,” Gandelman added.
Hochul said the move is a way to begin gearing up to supply and showing progress toward launching what’s expected to become one of the United States’ biggest legal marijuana markets.
Sources said despite the legalization of recreational use of marijuana already being passed almost a year ago, officials are still working on regulations for growing and selling it.
She said the new law will “jump-start the safe, equitable, and inclusive new industry we are building.
The new law includes environmental standards and requires licensees to provide training for people of color, women, disabled veterans, and others in the state term social equity applicants.