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Lawmakers question Hochul’s overhaul of state Cannabis Management Office

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Nearly two weeks ago, Governor Kathy Hochul announced a significant overhaul of the Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) following a report that highlighted inefficiencies and inexperience within the agency. This move has left current and prospective legal cannabis sellers frustrated and financially strained.

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State Assemblymember Michaelle Solages, chair of the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic & Asian Legislative Caucus, emphasized the need to protect social equity, particularly for black and brown communities affected by the war on drugs. She requested a meeting with Hochul’s top officials to discuss the issue further.

Meanwhile, State Senator Jabari Brisport criticized Hochul’s decision not to reappoint OCM Executive Director Chris Alexander, calling it an attempt to find a scapegoat. The legislature also approved Robert Rodriguez as the new head of the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY), which has faced criticism for its handling of the $200 million social equity fund. Since May 4, close to 100 illegal cannabis shops have been shut down, primarily in New York City’s five boroughs.



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