On March 31, 2021, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation (S.854-A/A.1248-A) legalizing adult-use cannabis, fulfilling a key component of his 2021 State of the State agenda. The bill establishes the Office of Cannabis Management to implement a comprehensive regulatory framework that covers medical, adult-use and cannabinoid hemp. The bill also expands New York State’s existing medical marijuana and cannabinoid hemp programs. The legislation provides licensing for marijuana producers, distributors, retailers, and other actors in the cannabis market, and creates a social and economic equity program to assist individuals disproportionately impacted by cannabis enforcement that want to participate in the industry.

The development of an adult-use cannabis industry in New York State under this legislation has the potential to create significant economic opportunities for New Yorkers and the State. Tax collections from the adult-use cannabis program are projected to reach $350 million annually. Additionally, there is the potential for this new industry to create 30,000 to 60,000 new jobs across the State.

As one of NYSBA’s 2021 State Priorities, we intend on delivering the most up-to-date information and programming as residents adapt to this recent legislative change, so be sure to check back on a regular basis as we add more resources and programming to this site. 

 

 

Upcoming Live Programming


We will be posting new programs as they get scheduled.  Be sure to check back or view the Event Calendar on the main navigation bar for upcoming programming.

 

Previously Recorded Programs Available On-Demand


FROM SEPTEMBER 9, 2021 | 1.0 MCLE CREDIT

Using And Representing Recreational Cannabis After NYSBA Ethics Opinion 1225

 

FROM JULY 9, 2021 | 1.0 MCLE CREDIT

Career High: New York’s Marijuana Regulation Act

 

FROM JUNE 16, 2021 | 1.0 MCLE CREDIT

Clearing The Air On Cannabis: Licensing Basics

 

FROM JUNE 2, 2021 | 1.5 MCLE CREDITS

New York Adult Use Marijuana: What Local Municipalities Need To Know

 

FROM APRIL 27, 2021 | 1.0 MCLE CREDIT

Burning Topics In Commercial Cannabis And CBD Litigation

 

FROM APRIL 20, 2021 | 3.0 MCLE CREDITS

What Lawyers Need To Know About The Marijuana Regulation And Taxation Act (MRTA)

FROM APRIL 12, 2021 | INFORMATIONAL (NO MCLE)

Overview Of The Marijuana Regulation And Taxation Act (MRTA)

FROM MARCH 19, 2021 | 1.0 MCLE CREDIT

Social Equity In Cannabis: State And Local Perspectives

FROM JANUARY 27, 2021 | 4.0 MCLE CREDITS

Cannabis Law Committee Meeting (AM2021)

FROM OCTOBER 19, 2020 | 1.5 MCLE CREDITS

Cannabis Tax And Section 280E: Threat Or Menace?

FROM MAY 6, 2019 | 4.0 MCLE CREDITS

Hot Topics In Cannabis Law: CBD Rulemaking, CRTA, Ethics

FROM JANUARY 15, 2019 | 4.0 MCLE CREDITS

Hot Topics In Cannabis Law (2019)

FROM JULY 29, 2019 | 1.0 MCLE CREDIT

CBD Oil, Hemp And Cannabis Update: What Lawyers Need To Know In Advising Clients

NYSBA Stances on Adult-Use Cannabis


PUBLISHED MARCH 31, 2021

New York State Bar Association Supports New Cannabis Law

PUBLISHED FEBRUARY 20, 2020

NYSBA Supports Legalization of Adult Recreational Marijuana Use in NY

PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER 20, 2019

September 20, 2019: NYSBA Committee on Cannabis Law To Examine Potential Legalization of Adult Recreational Marijuana Use in New York

NYSBA Press Releases


PUBLISHED APRIL 16, 2021

Legal Experts to Discuss Social Equity Aspects of New York’s Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act

PUBLISHED APRIL 5, 2021

Experts on Legalization of Marijuana in New York Will Speak at New York State Bar Association Event April 12

Additional Press Releases


PUBLISHED MARCH 30, 2021

New York State Senate | Legislation to Allow Adult Use, Cultivation of Recreational Marijuana Advances in Senate

PUBLISHED MARCH 30, 2021

New York State Assembly | Assembly to Pass the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act to Legalize Adult Use of Marijuana in New York State

PUBLISHED MARCH 31, 2021

Executive Branch | Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation Legalizing Adult-Use Cannabis

Understanding the New Cannabis Law


PUBLISHED APRIL 12, 2021

It’s Social and Economic Justice: Understanding New York’s New Marijuana Law

PUBLISHED MARCH 23, 2021

What You Need to Know as New York Nears Cannabis Legalization

NYSBA in the News


PUBLISHED APRIL 12, 2021
Bar Association talks Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act, WTEN-Albany

PUBLISHED JANUARY 31, 2020
NY Bar Association Supports Pot Legalization, The Associated Press

PUBLISHED JANUARY 30, 2020
Bar Association Report Backs Marijuana Legalization, Spectrum News

Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act

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MRTA Legislation

 

Report of the New York State Bar Association Committee on Cannabis Law Regarding Legalized Cannabis Legislation in New York State

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NYSBA Cannabis Report