Albany Agenda

Assembly is silent on expanding state cannabis agency enforcement power

The state Senate and the governor both want to expand enforcement powers of the state Office of Cannabis Management.


When will New York’s pot industry be ready to take off?

Despite lawsuits and bureaucratic snafus, the state has redoubled its efforts to jump-start the cannabis industry.

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Lawmakers turn up heat on cannabis regulators at hearing

State senators grilled Office of Cannabis Management Executive Director Chris Alexander and other officials on the lack of enforcement against illegal pot shops.


Long road ahead for legal cannabis market in New York

The Office of Cannabis Management has opened applications for legal cannabis businesses, but it will take time before there’s a fully-realized recreational market.


Crackdown on loophole allowing some stores to sell THC products draws complaints

The hemp cannabinoid industry fired back that new regulations approved by the Office of Cannabis Management are causing more harm than good to small businesses.


Slow cannabis market ‘the product of a choice’ says state weed czar

New York has been criticized for a sluggish licensing process, but Chris Alexander said that’s necessary to achieve equity.

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The child welfare system could soon become fairer

People of color disproportionately face allegations of child neglect, a new bill might help in some ways but not others.

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What Democrats got done in Albany by the end of session

Lawmakers have reached deals in recent days on some high-profile issues like sexual harassment reforms but it remains to be seen whether Democrats will be able to achieve all their legislative priorities before they adjourn for the year this week. Here’s a rundown of the state of play on the top issues.