Governor Hochul Signs Cannabis Cultivation Bill; aims to accelerate the 2022 growing season
Governor Kathy Hochul has signed the Cannabis Conditional Cultivation Bill into law, which she says “positions New York City farmers to be the first to grow cannabis and jump-start the safe, fair and inclusive new industry we let’s build”.
According to the governor, the bill establishes a “pathway for existing New York hemp growers to apply for a conditional license to grow cannabis during the 2022 growing season for the upcoming adult-use cannabis market.”
Licensed farmers will need to meet certain requirements, including:
- Safe, sustainable and environmentally friendly cultivation practices
- Participation in a social equity mentoring program
- Commitment to a labor peace agreement with a bona fide trade union organization.
(From November 17, 2021)
From Governor Hochul’s Office – How It Works:
With a Conditional Adult Cannabis Cultivation License, farmers can cultivate outdoors or in a greenhouse for up to two years from the issuance of the license. It also allows them to manufacture and distribute cannabis flower products without holding an adult processor or distributor license, until June 1, 2023. Growers are limited to one acre (43,560 square feet) of flower canopy outdoors or 25,000 square feet in a greenhouse and can use up to 20 artificial lights. They can also split between outdoor and greenhouse crops with a maximum total canopy of 30,000 square feet as long as the greenhouse flowering canopy remains below 20,000 square feet.
The CMO will develop a license application process and open the program as soon as possible. To qualify for a conditional adult cannabis cultivator licence, an applicant must have been an authorized industrial hemp research partner for the Ministry of Agriculture and Markets, cultivating hemp for its non-intoxicating cannabinoid content. for at least two of the last four years and in good standing as of December 31, 2021, the date on which the research program ended.
License holders must also participate in a social equity mentorship program where they provide training in cannabis cultivation and processing to social and economic equity partners, preparing them for roles. potential in the industry. Producers will also need to meet sustainability requirements to ensure the cannabis is grown in an environmentally responsible way.