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Hochul clears the way for cannabis cultivation starting this year



Albany, New York — In order to give the greenlight for New York hemp farmers to start growing in 2022, Governor Hochul has signed the legislation.

“I am proud to sign this bill, which positions New York’s farmers to be the first to grow cannabis and jumpstart the safe, equitable, and inclusive new industry we are building,” Governor Hochul said. “New York State will continue to lead the way in delivering on our commitment to bring economic opportunity and growth to every New Yorker in every corner of our great state.”

Qualifying farmers can grow outdoors or in a greenhouse for up to two years after the license was issued, according to the legislation.

According to a release, farmers will also be required to meet sustainability requirements to ensure the cannabis is grown in an environmentally conscientious way.

Focusing on areas most affected by the overcriminalization of cannabis, The Governor’s Executive budget calls for $200 million, aimed at using industry fees and revenue to support getting more farmers on board.