Governor Kathy Hochul (D) signed a cannabis tax relief measure into law that will help New York City businesses that are not entitled to certain federal tax deductions under federal law. The bill, S7508, from Sen. Luis R. Sepúlveda (D) was approved by the State Senate in June and reached the governor’s desk last week.

Prior to this law, cannabis companies were not only obliged to pay taxes but could not benefit from deductions under Internal Revenue Code 280E as they are viewed to be engaged in "trafficking in controlled substances (within the meaning of Schedule I and II of the Controlled Substances Act)." The signed bill was drafted to change this.

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