New York City Cannabis Law with David C. Holland
New York City Cannabis Law with David C. Holland Principal of The Law Offices of David Clifford Holland P.C. today on Blunt Business only on The Cannabis Radio. Our next guest is a New York City-based cannabis law and criminal defense attorney and executive director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws’ Empire State chapter. New York State will soon announce plans to usher in its first outlets for retail sales of adult-use cannabis by the end of the year. However, to be one of the state’s first licensed retailers, you or a member of your family must have been convicted of a cannabis-related offense. This is part of a concerted push to assure that early business owners will be members of communities that have been affected by the nation’s decades-long war on drugs. With that said, many vendors are not waiting for a license to get started.
Forbes recently wrote: Law and policymakers have said that one goal of legalization is to encourage traditional market operators to go legitimate. Current law also requires legacy market operators to demonstrate they’re been engaging in business activity in order to qualify for one of the first 100 licenses New York Gov. Kathy Hochul says will be reserved for small businesses. That puts them in a conundrum: they need capital, and they need to stay in business, even if—technically speaking—buying from them is against the law. But since they’re already fulfilling demand from a market that’s projected to grow, keeping them in business is one way to provide the legacy market with the start-up capital necessary to enter the legal market. Empire was among more than two dozen businesses that received a cease and desist letter from the state, firmly declaring the “unlicensed sale of cannabis is illegal,” threatening to bar future licensure, fines, and prosecution. One argument made was that “Empire” was operating legally, emphasizing it makes a profit on selling memberships, not cannabis. Another argument cites part of the law that allows people to have or gift up to three ounces of cannabis.