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Kathy Hochul to move marijuana sales program from dead point

09:31, 26 August 2021
Kathy Hochul to move marijuana sales program from dead point Photo: Joel Marklund/Keystone Press Agency/Global Look Press

NY’s Governor Kathy Hochul promised that working on the marijuana sales program will be a high priority.

The marijuana sales program is currently not at the dead point, however, it needs further development. Ex-Governor of NY Cuomo and the state Legislature have already approved the legalization of weed sales in March.

But there have been still too many unfinished businesses regarding the new changes of the weed sales matter even after several months passed since the approval. Cuomo couldn’t appoint an executive director for the Cannabis Management Office and appointees to the Cannabis Control Board as the Marijuana Taxation and Regulation Act by that time were finalized. The ex-Governor was locked in a dispute with the state Senate that must confirm the appointments.

The weed program got into a logjam as Cuomo got involved in a separate dispute with the legislature over leadership alterations he strived to make at the MTA.

Kathy Hochul aims to change the situation for the better, and she seems to have a plan for how to complete it.

“Nominating and confirming individuals with diverse experiences and subject matter expertise, who are representative of communities from across the state, to the Cannabis Control Board is a priority for Gov. Hochul,” the governor’s spokesperson, Jordan Bennett, told the NY Post.

“We look forward to working with the legislature to keep this process moving forward,” the governor’s representative said.

Kathy Hochul said that she expresses a desire to make appointments with Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie.

“They have spoken about the need to make appointments to the board,” Mike Murphy, a spokesman for Stewart-Cousins said.

Carl Heastie supported the forthcoming negotiations and setting up rules for the program:

“She did say that that was something that she wanted us all to concentrate on – and we agreed.” 

The NY law provides the 13% excise tax on marijuana sales, where 9 percent goes to the state and 4 percent to local governments.

This week, Kathy Hochul has become the new NY Governor, replacing Andrew Cuomo who has been involved in a sexual scandal. Ex-Governor was accused of harassing at least 11 women, but he denied all the allegations regarding his wrongdoings.