New York approved 52 licenses Thursday that will allow hemp farmers to have an advantage in growing marijuana for the state's next adult market. The State Cannabis Control Board approved the licenses under a recent law that allows hemp growers to grow marijuana for the legal recreational market for two years. The Conditional Cannabis Cultivation Bill has been signed into law. The right of patients to grow cannabis at home was included in the new york bill that legalized possession and use of cannabis for adults.
The law specified that regulators should issue rules for patients who want to grow at home within six months of passing the bill, no later than the end of September. But after a regulatory board was slow to be appointed and failed to meet that deadline, public comment periods and months of reviews have extended that goal by more than a year. Once the regulations are finalized, certified medical cannabis program patients will also be able to grow up to six plants at a time at home. According to the MRTA, New Yorkers (21 and older) will be able to grow up to three mature and three immature plants in their homes.
If there are several people living in a residence, New Yorkers can grow up to six mature and six immature plants per household. Meanwhile, regulators also advanced a rule last month for people with previous marijuana convictions, or whose family members have been harmed by criminalization, to obtain the first round of adult marijuana sales licenses before existing medical cannabis companies. As soon as Cuomo's signature ink dried, adults could possess up to 3 ounces of marijuana (or 24 grams of marijuana concentrate) without fear of arrest or prosecution. In addition to licensed medical providers, the others grow industrial hemp, a relative of marijuana that does not have the same THC level, which gives marijuana a “high”.