New York State first introduced cannabis legalization in April 2021. Although the prospect of legalizing cannabis was opposed by many circles, cannabis is now firmly implanted in this part of the US and can be used freely. Confirmation of the initial legalization of cannabis is the first cultivation in New York, where cannabis plants are processed for the sale of recreational cannabis to adults.
New York State’s First Cannabis Crop Is Now Ready for Sale
New York State first introduced cannabis legalization in April 2021. Although the prospect of legalizing cannabis was opposed by many circles (including parent associations, the American Medical Association, and some police circles), cannabis is now firmly implanted in this part of the US and can be used freely.
Confirmation of the initial legalization of cannabis is the first cultivation in New York, where cannabis plants are processed for the sale of recreational cannabis to adults.
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Legalization of Cannabis in New York City
Before the legalization of cannabis, New York State residents were heavily penalized for drug offenses. Wednesday, April 1, 2021, can be considered a landmark day in this regard because that’s precisely when the law allowed adult New York State residents to smoke recreational cannabis.
This is a historic day in New York, righting the wrongs of the past and putting an end to harsh prison sentences. It creates an industry that will grow the Imperial State’s (New York) economy and prioritize marginalized communities so that those who have suffered the most will be the first to reap the benefits,” commented New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo at the time.
Not All Regulations Were in Place for Legalization Debut
However, regulations regarding cannabis distribution were not in place at the time. Regardless, the first cultivation of the plant was launched before there was a full regulatory process.
One grower, Pura Hepworth Farm, at first, could only dedicate cannabis sales to states in the country where the stimulant is legal. From the beginning, however, growers hoped to be able to distribute cannabis as well as cannabis seeds freely.
New York Cannabis Breakthrough
The breakthrough in New York came on December 29, 2022, when the relevant legislation was strengthened. On this date, the sale of cannabis to adults aged 21 began. They can also possess up to three ounces of cannabis and up to 24 grams of cannabis concentrate.
The sale of cannabis to adults for recreational purposes is permitted by New York state law through a licensing system – that is, through authorized distributors.
The first legal sale of cannabis to adults is a historic milestone in the New York cannabis industry, New York Governor Kathy Hochul said in a press release.
Cannabis Harvest Ready For Recreational Use In New York
The deft hands of a dozen workers, mostly of Latin American descent, select one by one, usually the largest cannabis buds, which move before their eyes along a conveyor belt that ends in a small waterfall of cannabis that falls into a box with the rest of the plant’s flowers.
This is what it looks like to work at Pura Hepworth Farma, located in New York.
With the ability to sell cannabis in New York State, Pura Hepworth can finally distribute cannabis in the state market. New York is the 16th state in the US to introduce a law legalizing the use and sale of cannabis.
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