It's time for the Legislature and Governor to step up and fix the agency by staffing it properly and compensating the people performing under difficult circumstances properly. That would be proof positive that ending the partisan gridlock between the Democrats and Republicans in Albany will will bring change — fast. You agree that you, and not GayCityNews. The big battle in Albany might not, in the end, be over SLA control, but rather over how to use the money. Should it be returned to seven city neighborhoods where the poor have long found their lives criminalized or should it go into a general pot for the billions needed to rebuild the subways and public housing? Classifieds Loading listings ….
But the primary reason is that the state under-funds the agency.
New York Going to Pot
Medical marijuana providers occupy a special niche giving them retail control of their product. Enter your comment below Name: There aren't enough examiners, and the ones there are under-paid. The SLA already regulates bars, retail sales outlets, and distributors for alcoholic beverages. Processing times currently are months for new applicants - up from months prior to last year.
Legal adult use is expected to create all these benefits. The current providers of medical marijuana — corporations that produce product and sell it in company-owned dispensaries — will be able to seek entry into the recreational market. The bill would also seal certain criminal records for marijuana-related arrests and stop police from making arrests for possession. Subscribe to our free newsletter: Share on Twitter Tweet. What remains unresolved is one of the most contentious issues in the discussion: Legalization both unlocks a forbidden pleasure and is a gateway for ending mass incarceration, a major cause of black and brown poverty.