Where her predecessor’s administration was filled with scandal, gridlock, and inaction, Gov. Hochul vows to get New York’s marijuana sales program on the fast track.
“Nominating and confirming individuals with diverse experiences and subject matter expertise, who are representative of communities from across the state, to the Cannabis Control Board is a priority for Gov. Hochul,” the governor’s spokesperson, Jordan Bennett, said. “We look forward to working with the legislature to keep this process moving forward.”
Gov. Hochul has been in conversation with Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-Yonkers) and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D-Bronx) about her desire to move forward on the nominations for an executive director for the new Office of Cannabis Management and to name appointees to the Cannabis Control Board.
“They have spoken about the need to make appointments to the board,” said Mike Murphy, a spokesman for Stewart-Cousins.
“She did say that that was something that she wanted us all to concentrate on — and we agreed,” Heastie said.
The appointments must be confirmed by the Senate, and are necessary to set up and approve new rules and licensing for firms and employees in the marijuana industry.
New York officials estimate that marijuana sales could generate $350 million a year in tax revenue and create jobs for residents in disadvantaged communities.