New York’s Governor, Cuomo Andrew, has launched a complete text of changes to his cannabis authorization initiative which he hopes will tackle disagreements with lawmakers over his initial reform.
The main amendments would permit marijuana delivery services, indicate how social equity funds will be disbursed, and reduce the proposed punishment for selling cannabis for 21 and younger individuals. These aspects were previewed last week.
According to the summary statement, Cuomo’s revised proposal also entails technical amendments such as updating the recreational marijuana dispenser retail definition, requiring electronic filing of returns, establishing the capacity of revoking the license for possession of illegal marijuana, and exempt marijuana sold to individuals with a cannabis research permit from excise and sales taxes.
The governor had earlier announced that he will be submitting an updated version of his proposal to legislators earlier last week. He then provided the details of the amendments on Tuesday.
The move to revise his proposal to reduce penalties for 21 and younger folks selling cannabis responds directly to the advocates’ criticism over his initial reform.
Lawmakers and activists asserted that categorizing such misconduct as a Class D misdemeanor that’s punishable by up to 26 months imprisonment was counterproductive to the objective of ending cannabis illegalization and would negatively affect black and brown New Yorkers.
The language of the marijuana delivery amendment states that no recreational retail dispensary can participate in the retail or home delivery of recreational cannabis commodities unless they’re specifically licensed or approved, or have liaised with a third-entity home-delivery licensee.
The text adds that all home delivery activities have to separately licensed and approved by the administration and have to comply with minimal application, operation requirements, and licensing required by the regulation board. The board might approve recreational retail dispensaries that solely handle retail delivery of recreational marijuana commodities without a permitted storefront location.