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New details on Hochul’s overhaul of state Cannabis Management office: What are the new expectations?

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Governor Kathy Hochul announced a comprehensive restructuring of the New York State Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) on Friday. This decision follows a critical 30-day review that revealed significant operational shortcomings within the office. The governor expressed frustration over the current state of cannabis regulation and distribution, emphasizing the need for drastic changes.


The overhaul includes several key initiatives aimed at improving the efficiency and transparency of the cannabis licensing process. These measures include the launch of an enforcement task force to shut down illegal cannabis stores, a streamlined licensing process with a new service-level agreement to ensure retail applications are completed within 90 days, and enhanced communication strategies such as regulatory bulletins and a public dashboard.

Additionally, Governor Hochul disclosed plans for a new cannabis map scheduled for release in summer 2024, which will detail licensed retail locations. The overhaul also involves significant staffing increases in licensing, compliance, and enforcement sectors, and the development of a five-year strategic plan for the OCM. “Today is about setting a new direction for the OCM and creating effective solutions that benefit all New Yorkers,” said Hochul.



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