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Regulators may pass rules for garden cannabis growing

Jan 23, 2024 12:47 pm

Brendan J. Lyons reports in the Times Union that it has been almost three years since cannabis was legalized and New York regulators are just now getting around to writing the rules to let anyone 21 or over grow a limited number of plants legally. Regulators with the state Cannabis Control Board are expected to discuss a provision that would allow retail cannabis store owners to sell starter plants at their Jan. 24 meeting. Individuals will be allowed to have up to six cannabis plants — three mature and three immature — in their gardens. New York is a few months away from the fourth outdoor growing season since cannabis was legalized in the spring of 2021. Growers are limited to five pounds of “cannabis flower that has been trimmed from plants, which have been cultivated in or on the grounds of said person’s private residence.” Retailers selling starter plants will be required to have an active nursery dealer registration certificate from the state Department of Agriculture and Markets and label each plant by strain, expected date of harvest, and a warning to keep it out of the reach of children. Read more about this story in the Times Union.