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The governor and legislative leaders need to make appointments to a state board that will oversee the Office of Cannabis Management. The governor has to pick an executive director of the office.

But there are some significant exceptions.

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The new law will create a new Office of Cannabis Management to set up regulations and licensing for cannabis growers, processers and sellers, even paving the way for lounge-like stores where people can use marijuana products on site.

“At this point, if you are just possessing it or if you’re buying it, those aren’t crimes anymore unless it’s over the legal amounts,” said Emma Goodman, staff attorney for the Legal Aid Society’s special litigation unit.

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The office will have to come up with a host of regulations that will guide the licensing of growers, distributors and sellers. Then the state will have to go through the licensing process. Growers will have to grow; dispensaries will have to be set up.

“Sort of the idea is to delay it a little bit,” said Axel Bernabe, counsel to Governor Andrew Cuomo. “Allow dispensaries to get up and running. Allow folks to have access through regulated channels. And then if they still want to grow their own, like craft brewery, brew beer at home, you would be able to do that. And we would issue regulations 18 months from the first sale.”

There are exceptions, such as no smoking in the car even while it’s parked and no smoking on outdoor patios at bars and restaurants.

While there are portions of the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA) that became legal right away, there are certain parts of the law that New Yorkers will have to wait for.

Can New Yorkers Start Growing Cannabis Plants for Recreational Use?

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Medical marijuana has been legal in The Empire State since 2014, but it hasn’t always been easy to access. Patients in New York have to be approved by a medical professional and must acquire their marijuana from a licensed dispensary. Those products can be expensive and aren’t typically covered by insurance. One company, Vireo Health, recommends patients bring between $100 and $350 on their first visit to a dispensary.

New York’s Cannabis Control Board issued regulations Thursday to allow medical marijuana users and their caregivers to grow their own supply at home.

This is the first major step taken by the Cannabis Control Board to put the provisions of the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act into action. The law, which also legalized recreational marijuana in New York, passed in March. It included permission for home cultivation of medical marijuana but only after the board put regulations in place.

The board had six months to issue those rules, but former Gov. Andrew Cuomo never appointed its members during his tenure and that deadline passed.

The proposal, now open to public comment for 60 days, would permit the cultivation of up to six marijuana plants in a private residence. The regulation will take effect after the commentary period closes and the board finalizes its language.