Smoking of any sort remains prohibited at a variety of indoor and public locations under the Clean Indoor Air Act, including places of employment, bars, indoor and most outdoor areas of restaurants, public transportation, school grounds and general hospitals, among other places.
So if you’re not a certified patient in the state’s medical marijuana, you won’t be able to start growing until late 2023 at the absolute earliest — and possibly into 2024 or even 2025.
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More specifically, the law allows those 21 and older to possess, obtain, purchase, or transport cannabis up to three ounces.
ALBANY – New York has become the 15th state to legalize marijuana for recreational use, immediately allowing anyone over the age of 21 to possess up to three ounces even though legal sales remain at least a year off.
In theory, legal marijuana sales at licensed dispensaries and on-site consumption spaces can’t begin until April 1, 2022, at the absolute earliest.
When will dispensaries open in NY?
The governor and legislative leaders need to make appointments to a state board that will oversee the Office of Cannabis Management. The governor has to pick an executive director of the office.
The new law will create a new Office of Cannabis Management to set up regulations and licensing for cannabis growers, processers and sellers, even paving the way for lounge-like stores where people can use marijuana products on site.
The new law also expands New York’s existing medical-cannabis program. The list of qualifying medical conditions for medical cannabis will be expanded, along with product options. Flower products, which are not allowed under New York’s medical program, may be permitted under the expansions.
Now, “if you can smoke tobacco there, you could smoke marijuana there,” according to the bill’s sponsor, State Sen. Liz Krueger, a Manhattan Democrat.
It’s not yet clear who will serve in these roles, but members are expected to be chosen soon as lawmakers have indicated that they hope for a fast roll out.
Soon: New York’s medical program will expand
The law creates an Office of Cannabis Management and a Cannabis Control Board to regulate the industry. The board will have five members, three of whom will be appointed by the governor. Each legislative house will choose one member.
Andrew Carter, an analyst at Stifel, said he expects recreational cannabis sales to begin in late 2022. Norman Birenbaum, New York’s director of cannabis programs, told Insider in February that he expects a program to be rolled out in 12-18 months, based on timelines in other states that have legalized.
Immediately: Marijuana offenses from non-violent convictions will begin to be expunged from criminal records
New York lawmakers said they would begin to automatically expunge records for people with previous marijuana-related convictions. The records that would qualify for expungement would include any activities that are “no longer criminalized” under New York law.
In part, that’s because specific regulations need to be written by the Office of Cannabis Management and Cannabis Control Board. Those bodies are responsible for regulating the industry under the new law.
Under the MRTA, the Office of Cannabis Management was launched to regulate the recreational and existing medical marijuana programs.
The Office of Cannabis Management will be overseen by a Cannabis Control Board made up of five members. Three members, including the chair, will be appointed by the governor and then the Senate and Assembly would appoint one member each. The Governor’s pick for chair must be approved by the Senate.
Landlords that allow for smoking on the premises must also allow for cannabis consumption. But this also means no smoking in parks, public transportation and bars.
Technically, immediately and automatically. However, the law allows for the Office of Court Administration to take up to two years to go through and dig up past marijuana convictions.
Recreational marijuana has now been legal in New York for about two weeks.
How soon will this be possible? No later than 18 months after the first legal marijuana sale in New York. This means not until 2023 at the earliest.
Can New Yorkers Start Growing Cannabis Plants for Recreational Use?
Right now, New Yorkers can smoke marijuana almost everywhere they can smoke tobacco.
What Is the Office Of Cannabis Management?