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Question: What is the MRTA?

Posted by David Holland | Apr 25, 2021 | 0 Comments



            On March 31, 2021, Governor Cuomo signed the “Marihuana Regulation and Taxation Act” into law which legalized adult use cannabis.

            Under the MRTA, the state has created the Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) which will be housed as an independent agency within the State Liquor Authority (SLA). The Office of Cannabis management will oversee all aspects of medical, adult use, and hemp/hemp cannabinoid cannabis.

            The are several Articles to the MRTA.

                        Article 1 – Legislative Intent and Definitions

                        Article 2 – The Cannabis Control Board

                        Article 3 – Medical Cannabis

                        Article 4 – Adult Use Cannabis

                        Article 5 – Cannabinoid Hemp and Hemp Extract

                        Article 6 – General Provisions

About the Author

David Holland

As Executive Director of Empire State NORML and President of the New York City Cannabis Industry Association, David has been a leading advocate in the cannabis space for over 20 years. He has represented clients in marijuana related proceedings everywhere from traffic court to the United States Supreme Court, and he helped obtain clemency for five elderly prisoners servicing life without parole for marijuana. David also handles complex civil and criminal litigation in other areas including employment, First Amendment, and business.


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