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New York State Assembly Holds Final Public Hearing On Pot Legalization

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The New York State Assembly held its last of four statewide hearings on Monday (December 3), which sought input from the public on proposals to legalize, regulate and tax adult use of marijuana.

Members of several committees examined the New York State Department of Health’s recent report on the impacts of a regulated marijuana market in New York.

The hearings looked into the potential impact of the enactment and implementation of legislation (A.3506-C) ,sponsored by Assembly member and Governmental Operations Committee Chair Crystal Peoples-Stokes.

Hemp Growers/Processors Wanted

In unrelated but relevant news, the State announced yesterday (December 5) the beginning of an open solicitation period for individuals and businesses interested in growing or processing industrial hemp here in New York.

The Department of Agriculture and Markets seeks to grow the industry statewide and is now accepting applications for growers and processors of industrial hemp, including as it relates to Cannabidiol or (CBD).

The open solicitation ends December 28, 2018.

The applications and additional information, including the Department’s CBD Research Partner Agreement, can be found on the Department’s website at


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