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Legalization Means New Pot Jobs For New Yorkers, From Bud Trimmers to Master Extractors

New York doesn’t look or smell different since the state legalized adult-use cannabis in April. New Yorkers are still puffing pot openly on the sidewalks, just like they were before. But big changes are coming. Legalization is projected to produce not just truckloads of legal weed, but tens of thousands of legit jobs, too. New York, hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic, could use some job creation, and legalization could be its well-timed windfall for mass employment in form of pot jobs for New Yorkers.


Yes, Pot Is Legal. But It’s Also in Short Supply.

In New York and New Jersey, the race is on to grow legal weed, writes Tracey Tully from the New York Times.

In Orange County, N.Y., there are plans to build a large cannabis cultivation and processing plant on the grounds of a defunct state prison.

About 25 miles south, over the border in New Jersey, an industrial complex once owned by the pharmaceutical giant Merck will be converted into an even bigger marijuana-growing hub.

In Winslow, N.J., about 30 miles outside Philadelphia, a new indoor cultivation complex just celebrated its first harvest.


New York Has Banned Delta-8 THC

Delta-8 THC and New York are two topics that have been making headlines in the cannabis world lately. Delta-8 has been reported upon for being a controversial compound that is legal through a loophole, and New York has been in the news for making recreational cannabis legal. Now, the two are making headlines again, this time together, because New York has banned Delta-8 THC. 


Legal New York Pot Means New Police Strategy

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New York police may soon have cannabis removed from their oversight.

Axel Bernabe, assistant counsel to Governor Andrew Cuomo, said at last week’s Prohibition Partners conference that he’d recommend alternatives such as using social workers when coordinating with the state’s nascent Cannabis Control Board, which will soon lay out a framework for legalized recreational marijuana. New York State recently decided to allow recreational use and the board will soon decide on the details.


What Is The Timeline For Adult-Use Cannabis Sales In New York?

The first harvest could make its way into licensed retail stores and allow for the first adult-use cannabis sales to occur in September 2022.

New York Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes estimates that the first legal sales will begin between 18 months and two years after the signing of the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA), which occurred on March 31, 2021. That means that the first legal sales would start between September 2022 and March 2023.


New York’s marijuana tax might not be the nation’s highest. But it may be the most complex

New Yorkers can generally count on almost every type of state tax to be among the highest in the country. And many things the state does are often pretty complicated.

Take New York’s scheme for taxing recreational marijuana, which became legal month but probably won’t become available for legal sale until some time next year. The state’s proposed marijuana tax is above the average for the 15 or so states that have legalized it so far, many experts say, but it’s not the highest. (Washington state currently takes that honor.)


New York: Legalization leaves students using marijuana medically with questions

When New York legalized recreational marijuana use on March 30, it expanded a gray area at Syracuse University that exists for students on many college campuses across the U.S.

It is now legal to use marijuana for medical and recreational purposes state-wide, but many colleges and universities receiving federal money still prohibit the use of marijuana on campus. Some schools cite the continued federal prohibition of marijuana as reason for their bans, and others claim that — should they allow the drug on campus — they risk losing federal funding. 


Will your New York marijuana conviction be expunged? The simple numbers to know

Trying to figure out who qualifies to have a New York marijuana conviction expunged? Reading the law is a brain-teaser, at best.

The recent legalization bill doesn’t even call it marijuana anymore -- those criminal laws have been completely erased. It’s now officially cannabis.

The repeal of the old law is expected to clear 150,000 people of marijuana convictions, according to a state court system estimate.

For those who qualify, it’s great news: the courts and legal authorities are required to proactively go into their own records and erase all traces of any marijuana arrests, prosecutions or convictions. Background reports shouldn’t show any marijuana arrests, let alone convictions, once the process is over in two years.


New York Will No Longer Test Cabbies for Cannabis

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New York City cab drivers no longer have to take drug tests for marijuana, according to the city Taxi & Limousine Commission (TLC), which gave the green light in a statement:

“Due to the change in the law, going forward, the TLC will no longer test for marijuana in required annual drug tests.” 

But don't expect cabbies to smoke doobies while driving. The TLC, which issues licenses to taxi, livery cab and ride-share drivers like Uber and Lyf, went on to caution:


New York Updates Off-Duty Conduct Law To Protect Employees Who Use Cannabis Off The Clock

New York’s off-duty conduct law prohibiting employers from taking action against employees for lawful activity done while off the clock now includes cannabis, a byproduct of the state’s legalization of pot last month.

Here’s the gist, which comes via a helpful primer published by The National Law Review.


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