New York State Holds ‘Listening Sessions’ on Cannabis Legalization
By Noah Potter, Of Counsel to Hoban Law Group
Last month, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office announced a series of 15 listening sessions about cannabis legalization (includingone in Manhattan last week) to hear public comment through October.
Cuomo’s new approach contrasts with the process that resulted in enactment of the Compassionate Care Act, New York’s medical-use-only statute, in 2014. At that time, during an intense lobbying push by reform advocates, the governor offered few comments about the legislation before announcing the terms he would accept in a medical cannabis system, resulting in one of the nation’s most restrictive medical-use systems. He is now actively leading a full legalization effort, and giving opportunity for public comment.
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