The Executive Director of New York’s Office of Cannabis Management, Chris Alexander, said that applications for cannabis cultivation, processing, and other industry activities will be delayed until the middle of 2023.
“You’ll see regulations come out sooner – in the next two months or so – but middle of next year you’ll see those applications open for cultivation, for processing, and to do the activities you just laid out,” said Alexander.
This timeline conflicts with what Cannabis Control Board Chair Tremaine Wright and other officials have said about anticipating the opening of the cannabis marketplace within 18 months of October 2021. Cannabis regulatory officials also previously said the OCM (Office of Cannabis Management) would probably finish writing regulations by late-winter or early-spring of this year.
Chair of the Cannabis Control Board, Tremaine Wright, said that adult-use cannabis products could be available from conditional cultivators in the fall but did not offer a firm date at that time. On August 25, the state opened applications for conditional adult-use retail licenses.
Syracuse.com reports the CCB has approved 242 conditional cultivator licenses and 15 conditional processing licenses as of August 21, 2018. These licenses are only available to a limited number of applicants who fit specific criteria. The CCB began issuing conditional cultivation licenses in April and issued conditional processing licenses in mid-August. A 30-day application period for CAURD licenses began last week.
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