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Policy Spotlight: June Updates

Welcome to this month’s Policy Spotlight, where we keep you updated on the latest changes in cannabis policies in New York. This month, we’re focusing on the recent updates to cultivation laws and licensing regulations that are set to impact both personal and commercial cannabis growers.

Home Cultivation Now Permitted

As of June 11, 2024, New York adults over the age of 21 are officially allowed to cultivate cannabis at home. Individuals can now grow up to six plants per person, with a maximum of three mature and three immature plants at any given time. Households with multiple adults can grow up to twelve plants in total.

Sustainable Growing Practices

New regulations emphasize sustainable cultivation practices. Growers are encouraged to use organic farming methods and renewable energy sources to minimize environmental impact. Additionally, the Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) has provided guidelines on reducing cannabis odor by co-planting with aromatic plants like lavender and using carbon filters for indoor grows.

Legal Acquisition of Plants

Seeds and immature plants can now be purchased from licensed cannabis businesses. This ensures that home growers have access to high-quality starting materials while supporting the legal cannabis market.

New Licensing Categories

The OCM has introduced new categories to streamline the licensing process:

- Microbusiness Licenses: For small-scale operations that combine cultivation, processing, and retail activities.

- Cooperative Licenses: Designed to support collective cultivation efforts, allowing groups to share resources and expertise.

Staying informed about these policy updates is crucial for anyone involved in the cannabis industry in New York. The recent changes in cultivation laws and licensing regulations reflect the state’s commitment to creating a sustainable, equitable, and transparent cannabis market. Whether you’re a home grower or a commercial cultivator, understanding these updates will help you navigate the evolving landscape of cannabis cultivation in New York.

Stay tuned for more updates in our next Policy Spotlight!

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