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New York legislators approve bill allowing hemp farmers to grow and distribute marijuana

The New York State Legislature has passed legislation to allow hemp growers with current licenses from the Department of Agriculture (USDA) to apply to grow marijuana in the state.

The bill passed the state Senate on Tuesday, February 15, followed by the state Senate on Wednesday, February 16, according to Rochester First. It still has to be signed by Governor Kathy Hochul before becoming law.

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Under the new legislation, hemp growers who obtained their license from the USDA before January 1, 2022 can apply for temporary licenses to cultivate, process, and distribute adult use marijuana.



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