The first recreational cannabis sales in New York began on Dec. 29, the State’s Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) missed a deadline mandated by NY's cannabis law to produce a Social and Economic Equity Plan, reported Syracuse.com.

By January 1, 2023, the Marihuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA) required the OCM’s chief equity officer to provide a report to the Cannabis Control Board on this plan, so it could be sent to the legislature. But, that did not happen.

The legislature has the responsibility to monitor the MRTA’s social and economic equity goals by reviewing this plan and the required reports on its implementation, NYS Senator Jeremy Cooney said.

What Does The OCM Say?

The agency is reviewing “hundreds of pages of notes” from more than a dozen community round tables held across the state with representatives from social and economic equity groups, said OCM spokesperson Freeman Klopott, who added that the agency will …

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