NYCCIA-HVCIA Founder’s Statement On NY’s Critical Next Steps Toward A Legal Cannabis Market

Governor Kathy Hochul has called a special session of New York’s legislature which includes consideration of her candidates to regulate our new adult-use cannabis market.  Nominated for Executive Director of the Office of Cannabis Management is Chris Alexander, who has served as Associate Counsel for the New York State Senate as well as Policy Coordinator for the Drug Policy Alliance.  Nominated to Chair the Cannabis Control Board is Tremaine Wright, a former State Assembly Member and a Community Advocate.

The New York City Cannabis Industry Association (NYCCIA) and the Hudson Valley Cannabis Industry Association (HVCIA) applaud these appointments, which will now accelerate the process so that we won’t have to wait until January’s regular session to start the work of creating the new legal market.  With staff coming online in the near term, the state can start work on regulations to implement New York’s groundbreaking new law and thereby get us that much closer to realizing the law’s critical goals of promoting social and economic equity and creating as much opportunity as possible for those who want to take part in a new diverse and inclusive industry that can be a model for the rest of the world to emulate.

The NYCCIA and the HVCIA will continue to take a leading role in helping to shape policy at the state and local level and to engage with businesses and entrepreneurs, as well as leaders, civic groups, and members of the community to address concerns, issues, and ambitions in this new era of cannabis legalization.

We look forward to helping our members continue to play a vital role in the conversation, including through our Committees, and we invite you to click here and scroll down to join us as a member or to subscribe for updates to learn about the work we’re doing and events to come.

David C. Holland                                    
President, NYCCIA                                        
 
Andrew P. Schriever
President, HVCIA

Elizabeth Shields
Co-Founder, Board of Directors, NYCCIA/HVCIA

The New York City and Hudson Valley Cannabis Industry Associations

Join Our Committees — Let’s Make Policy Together This Summer, Here’s How

 

Now that New York’s new law legalizing adult use cannabis is in the books, the real work begins.  Committees allow our members to collaborate on policy for creating the world’s greatest cannabis marketplace.  By working together our members not only make cannabis policy, but they also forge connections and find business partners in the seed-to-sale chain.  The first round of Committee work is embodied in our Policy Prospectus, with concrete recommendations on vital issues ranging from social and economic equity policy to taxation to hemp regulation to home grow.

Next, we focus on how the new law will be implemented and how those looking to be part of the industry can come up with concrete ways to help each other out.  We again have an opportunity to speak for the industry, to ensure that those drafting the regulations do so with input from the stakeholders and business owners, all while we continue to learn from each other about how to build an equitable, successful marketplace and help grow each other’s businesses.  Contact any of the Chairs of our Committees so that you can join up to make a difference and contribute to the voice of New York’s new industry:

Social And Economic Equity

Ruben Lindo:                   ruben@blakmarfarms.com

Michele Fields:               michellefieldsesq@gmail.com

Home Grow

Mike McGuire:                mike@stablegarden.com

Kym Byrnes:                    kymb@tribetokes.com

Banking/Finance

Peter Su:                          Peter.Su@EastWestBank.com

Candice Nonas:              candice@candicenonas.com

Incubators and Entrepreneurs

Kenny Mack:                   info@MakeCannabisWork.org

Sally Nichols:                  sallypnichols@gmail.com

Regulatory (On-Site/Delivery . . . )

Jim Landau:                    jlandau@MccarthyFingar.com

Sheri Tarr:                        sheri@68partners.com

Amnesty

Dave Holland:                 dholland@nyccia.org

Labor and Employment

Dave Holland:                 dholland@nyccia.org

Events

John Sullivan:                 johnasullivan.biz@gmail.com

Let’s Keep The Conversation Going!

The New York City and Hudson Valley Cannabis Industry Associations

June 29th Committee Forum 5:30-7:00

June 29th Virtual NYCCIA-HVCIA Meeting 5:30-7:00 PM

Now that New York’s new law legalizing adult use cannabis is in the books, the real work begins.  Committees allow our members to collaborate on policy for creating the world’s greatest cannabis marketplace.  By working together our members not only make cannabis policy, but they also forge connections and find business partners in the seed-to-sale chain.  The first round of Committee work is embodied in our Policy Prospectus, with concrete recommendations on vital issues ranging from social and economic equity policy to taxation to hemp regulation to home grow.

Next, we focus on how the new law will be implemented.  We again have an opportunity to speak for the industry, and ensure that those drafting the regulations do so with input from the stakeholders and business owners.  Our June 29th forum will tell you about the following Committees and how you can join to make a difference:

  • Social And Economic Equity
  • Incubators And Entrepreneurs
  • Home Grow
  • Banking/Finance
  • Amnesty
  • Labor And Employment
  • Regulatory (On-Site Consumption/Delivery/Cooperatives, Other issues TBD)

Registration is now closed and those who registered will receive a zoom link for the event.  Please also note that the meeting will be recorded and that video of the meeting may be used on our website.

Let’s keep the conversation going.  We look forward to seeing you!

The New York City and Hudson Valley Cannabis Industry Associations 

May 25th Home Cultivation 5:30-7:00

May 25th Forum On Home Cultivation
Virtual NYCCIA-HVCIA Meeting 5:30-7:00 PM


Through hard work and some fortuitous timing, the new law legalizing adult use cannabis includes provisions for New Yorkers to cultivate a small number of cannabis plants at home.  Join us for a virtual forum with the authors
 of the joint NYCCIA/HVCIA’s Policy Prospectus on Personal Cultivation, Equity, and Cannabis Markets: Creating an Ideal Cannabis Regulatory Structure to discuss the ins and outs of home grow in New York. 

We will dig deep into such topics as: 

  • The Importance of Home Grow to the New York legal market
  • What NY’s new law says (and what it leaves unsaid) about Home Grow
  • Issues (and proposed solutions) for the regulators
  • Proposed Office of Cannabis Management Compliance + Enforcement Priorities
  • Planning for your own cannabis garden

If you would like to attend, please register here by Noon on May 25th, following which registration will be closed and you will then receive a zoom link for the event.  Please also note that the meeting will be recorded and that video of the meeting may be used on our website.

We invite you to click here and scroll down to become a member of the NYCCIA or the HVCIA.  

Let’s keep the conversation going.  We look forward to seeing you! 

The New York City and Hudson Valley Cannabis Industry Associations 

May 4th Social & Economic Equity Virtual Forum 5:30-7:00

May 4th Forum On Social & Economic Equity
Virtual NYCCIA-HVCIA Meeting 5:30-7:00 PM

New York’s new law legalizing adult-use cannabis places a heavy priority on social and economic equity in this new marketplace.  Join us for a Town Hall style forum with the authors of the NYCCIA-HVCIA’s Report on Concrete Social Equity Measures For New York’s Adult-Use Cannabis Legislation, Christine De La Rosa, Joseph Devlin, Esq. Frederika M. Easley, Michelle Fields, Esq., Jessica F. Gonzales, Esq, David Holland, Colleen Mairead Hughes, Kenny Mack and Amanda Reyes, Andrew Schriever and Elizabeth Shields

Join us as we drill down on key questions, including:

  • What is social and economic equity?
  • Who are the applicants?
  • What does community reinvestment look like?
  • Why is social and economic equity critical to the success of the market?

The forum will be moderated by HVCIA Director and CEO of  Phoenix Nutraceutical, Inc., Ruben Lindo, and will include time for group discussion.

Registration is now closed for this event.  Please also note that the meeting will be recorded.

We invite you to click here and scroll down to become a member of the NYCCIA or the HVCIA.

Let’s keep the conversation going.  We look forward to seeing you!

The New York City and Hudson Valley Cannabis Industry Associations

Details on 4-22 Forum On NY’s New Cannabis Law

4-22 Forum On NY’s New Cannabis Law
Virtual NYCCIA-HVCIA Meeting 5:30-7:00 PM

Now that New York has passed its new law legalizing adult-use cannabis, what comes next?  Join us for this NYCCIA-HVCIA forum where we will discuss:

  • What’s in the new law and what the new market will look like
  • What needs to be addressed in the rulemaking process
  • Committee work that lies ahead to ensure the new rules create a successful market and to help our members plan for their own successes in the new market

The forum will be led by our Founders David Holland, Andrew Schriever and Elizabeth Shields, and Directors Michele Alexis D’Ambrosio, James K. Landau, Ruben Lindo and Sheri L. Tarr, with ample time for group discussion on where we go next.

If you would like to attend, please register here by Noon on April 22nd, following which registration will be closed and you will then receive a zoom link for the event.  Please also note that the meeting will be recorded.

Let’s keep the conversation going.  We look forward to seeing you!

The New York City and Hudson Valley Cannabis Industry Associations

New York Is On The Eve Of Legalization!

History was made today as New York will assume its role as the leader of the national and global cannabis industry and marketplace. Both the New York City Cannabis Industry Association (NYCCIA) and the Hudson Valley Cannabis Industry Association (HVCIA) applaud the tireless efforts of the Governor and Legislative members who have persevered for years to bring about this very robust and far reaching MRTA legalization bill which was voted on and approved by the Senate earlier this evening. In the coming days both the NYCCIA and HVCIA will strive to provide critical insights, input, and recommendations to the Office of Cannabis Management and the Cannabis Control Board as they draft and finalize the rulemaking and administrative functions as part of the roll out of the adult use and medical programs. The future looks very bright for New York and its commitment to the paramount concerns of social equity, economic justice, diversity, and inclusion.

 

We stand ready to help all industry participants to create a sustainable, thriving marketplace and to continue to be a forum for people to connect and work together to make that vision a reality.

 

While we herald this day, let us not forget the legion of people and communities who suffered decades of oppression and persecution for engagement with cannabis. Those leaders, activists, and private citizens, both passed and living, made tremendous personal and professional sacrifice to raise public awareness about the endemic problems of over-enforcement of the cannabis laws, and to engage in discussions about its use both personally and medically.  We also thank those who organized and participated in social demonstrations and lobbying, and took legal actions in efforts to legalize cannabis.

 

The NYCCIA and the HVCIA look forward to taking a new and leading role in engaging with businesses and entrepreneurs, as well as leaders, civic groups, and members of the community to address concerns, issues, and ambitions in this new era of cannabis legalization. We encourage you to be heard and join the conversation.

 

David C. Holland, President, NYCCIA

Andrew P. Schriever, President, HVCIA

NYCCIA-HVCIA Founders’ Statement On New York’s Impending Legalization Bill

It is now being widely reported that the Governor and Legislature have reached consensus on the adult use cannabis bill.  This new comprehensive legislation permits New York to assume its leadership role in the legalized cannabis marketplace.  It is built on years of drafting and policy debate, and it is a critical first step toward our new cannabis economy. 

The NYCCIA and HVCIA continue to lead critical research into and industry dialogue about best practices, social and economic equity and justice, and public health and safety.  We look forward to  continued engagement with stakeholders, communities, and government officials, and more conversations ahead to advance New York’s position as a national and global leader in the cannabis industry.

 

For further information, please contact:

David Holland, Co-Founder, President, NYCCIA  (212) 842-2480 

Andrew Schriever, Co-Founder, President, HVCIA (917) 568-5400 

Elizabeth Shields, Co-Founder, Board of Directors, NYCCIA  (917) 929-8559

 

NYCCIA-HVCIA Policy Prospectus

The NYCCIA-HVCIA Policy Prospectus:
A Collection Of Reports From The Cannabis Industry
On Critical Policies For A Successful Legal Marketplace

On the eve of New York finally entering the world of legalized adult-use cannabis, the NYCCIA and HVCIA proudly offer our Policy Prospectus.  This collection, authored by our members and special advisors, is a must-read for all stakeholders, because we outline what must be done right to create a sustainable market and we identify pitfalls that must be avoided based on hard lessons from other legalized states.  Click on the following links for our in-depth policy analyses and statements:

The NYCCIA and HVCIA welcome anyone interested in working together with other industry participants (both established, and aspiring) to help to formulate policy, to establish meaningful relationships, and to help New York become a model legal, equitable, and sustainable cannabis marketplace.

We invite you to click here for more information about our Associations, to subscribe to our mailing list to keep posted on future events and to become a member of the NYCCIA or the HVCIA.
The New York City and Hudson Valley Cannabis Industry Associations

The NYC/HVCIA Events Committee invites you to an IN-PERSON Wake & Bake Brunch and Fundraiser at

Kym B’s home in St. George, Staten Island (very close to the Staten Island Ferry Terminal).

The NYC/HVCIA Events Committee invites you to an IN-PERSON Wake & Bake Brunch and Fundraiser at

Kym B’s home in St. George, Staten Island (very close to the Staten Island Ferry Terminal).