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Cryptocurrency and Its Potential Role in the Cannabis Industry

The 21st century has given us innovations we never thought were possible, and revolutions we never thought we would witness in our lifetimes. Two of the dominant industries of our modern world are cryptocurrency and cannabis, each edgy in their own right while demonstrating a rapidly evolving societ...

Crystal Peoples-Stokes: Q&A About Cannabis Reform

We recently had the opportunity to discuss the future of cannabis in our region with New York State Assembly Majority Leader and Sponsor of the Marijuana Taxation and Regulation Act (MRTA), Crystal Peoples-Stokes. Q:  What do you see on the horizon for the cannabis industry in Western New York...

Legislative Update: New York Opens its Conditional Adult-Use Retail Dispensary

In our last article, we covered the proposed Conditional Adult-Use Retail Dispensary (“CAURD”) regulations. During the public comment period, the Cannabis Control Board received more than 600 public comments. After addressing commenters’ concerns, the Board approved the final regul...

Legislative Update

By Patrick J. Hines, Matthew Parker, and Fallon Martin of Hodgson Russ LLP In the last issue of Cannabuff, we discussed the landmark passage of the Marihuana Regulation and Taxation Act (“MRTA”). Since then, while there has been much excitement, there has not been much action to impleme...

Empire State Cannabis Update: Roadmap for Navigating the Rules of the Adult-Use Market

A year and a half after New York passed into law its comprehensive cannabis legalization bill, the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA), the state’s adult-use market is beginning to take shape. Regulators at the Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) and Cannabis Control Board (CCB) have...

Federal Injunction Stalls Opening of Dispensaries for WNY CAURD Applicants

First off, what is an injunction? An injunction is an order from a Court that requires a person to do or not do something.  They generally come in two flavors: preliminary and permanent.  A “preliminary” injunction is used while a lawsuit is pending to preserve the status quo...

NY Releases Updated Hemp Regulations

New York has recently revised and released newly amended regulations regarding marijuana and hemp in May 2021. These health regulations were amended due to an outcry from the public. The New York State Department of Health changes will allow the public to use medical marijuana and cannabinoid hemp f...

Cuomo Resignation May Speed up Legalization

For several years now, many states in the US have made the decision to decriminalize marijuana possession and allow the growing and distribution of recreational marijuana. While many states still have yet to make headway on this groundbreaking change in policy, New York was feeling the pressure to d...

Cuomo, COVID-19, and Cannabis Legalization

As part of the Governor’s State of the State address, Andrew Cuomo(D) announced another proposal for cannabis legalization which would create an equitable adult-use cannabis program this year. Gov. Cuomo has previously stated that legalizing cannabis could be a key way that NY makes an econom...
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