New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s top advisor to the governor, Andrew Cuomo, said cannabis legalization would be reintroduced in the state budget next January, to enact the reform by April 2021. He also presented an overview of the state’s regulations for CBD products derived from hemp, including the authorization of infused beverages and food products.
In a recent episode of “Under The Canopy”, a show produced by Canopy Growth, associate attorney Axel Bernabe explained how efforts to legalize cannabis in the states surrounding New York City underscore the need for reform. He also said how New York would regulate cannabis will serve as a “model” for other states prioritizing social equity and economic development.
Referring to New Jersey, a neighboring state that will vote on legalization next November, Axel Bernabe said he would
closely monitor New Jersey. We have always been convinced that we would get there before New Jersey, so if they pass the referendum, they still need to have an agreement between the governor and the Senate there. We are working on that. We’re working on that. We’re going to reintroduce [legalization] in our budget in January. We think we can do it by April 1.
In New York, Andrew Cuomo included legalization in his budget proposal for 2018 and 2019, but negotiations never got past disagreements such as the distribution of tax revenues on cannabis.
Also in the interview, Axel Bernabe discussed future regulations for cannabinoids derived from hemp, including the CBD.
We think of it in terms of consumer protection. These products already exist. It doesn’t make sense to try to pretend they don’t exist,” he said, adding that they plan to set a maximum dose of 25 milligrams of CBD per serving.
We look at each class of products and try to find a balance between protecting consumers and allowing people to have what they use intensively for their health and well-being,” said Alex Bernabe.