Cannabis panel plans first N.Y. public session

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STATEN ISLAND — The Cannabis Control Board, the five-member panel charged with approving the comprehensive regulatory framework for the state’s cannabis industry, will hold its first public meeting Tuesday.

The board, which had its final appointments by Gov. Kathy Hochul last month, will oversee licensing of cannabis businesses and the approval of various actions taken by the Office of Cannabis Management.

Tuesday’s meeting will take place at 1:30 p.m. Members of the public are allowed to attend virtually via video conference. Videos of each meeting also will be posted following the meeting.

The first meeting’s agenda will include an ethics discussion, the consideration of a chief equity officer and other employment items, and an update on outreach and education.

Hochul previously said that one of her “top priorities” since replacing Gov. Andrew Cuomo was to get the state’s cannabis industry up and running.

Sen. Diane Savino (D-North), a long-time proponent of medical and recreational marijuana, said Hochul is “definitely committed” and is pleased that appointments are happening, moving the state one step closer to having a put-together program.

“We have to figure out how do we make people do something they haven’t done before, which is walking into a store and buy it,” Savino said.

Savino said she believes all appointees should visit other states and speak with industry people, advocates, and small business owners and entrepreneurs to analyze what went right and went wrong.

To observe Tuesday’s meeting from a mobile device or computer, visit http://wdt.me/9M4ebV.

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