New York Marijuana Law Makes Sweeping Changes To Hemp Rules

The change could send a flood of hemp operators to the high-THC side

New York’s new marijuana law includes a dramatic overhaul of how the state’s hemp industry is regulated.

The change could potentially send a flood of hemp operators to the high-THC side of the industry. But it also leaves some big questions about the future of hemp extracts such as CBD.

The law signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo last week makes a first-in-the-nation attempt to regulate hemp operators working with flower and cannabinoid products the same way the state oversees marijuana operators, designating a new category for “cannabinoid hemp” that will be governed by a new Office of Cannabis Management.

That agency’s new cannabis control board will set rules for both cannabinoid hemp and marijuana.

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