NY Sen. Metzger on New York’s nascent hashish trade

After months of delays, appointments are finally being made to the New York State Cannabis Control Committee. The board of directors will regulate the emerging industry by issuing or revoking licenses and regulating the use of home-grown cannabis.

The state Senate-appointed oversight committee is one of its former members: Jen Metzger, a Hudson Valley Democrat who served as chair of the chamber’s agriculture committee.

Congregation spokesman Carl Heastie appointed Buffalo area attorney Adam Perry to the board last week. The week before, Governor Kathy Hochul named former MP Tremaine Wright as chairman of the board.

In 2019, Metzger tabled a bill to create the state’s hemp regulatory framework. She told Capital Tonight that she hopes to use the same framework as the basis for regulating cannabis.

“We are essentially building on that for the adult marijuana industry,” said Metzger.

While marijuana isn’t legal at the federal level, Metgzer said the two plants were more similar than different.

“There are a lot of regulations that have been developed around hemp in terms of testing and licensing,” she explained. “We’re not starting from scratch.”

The governor has two more appointments on the cannabis board. As soon as this happens, Metzger is excited to start working on sustainability and social justice.

“There is a social justice license provision,” she said. “Among the applicants who can apply are farmers in distress.”