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OCM Takes Over New York’s Hemp Cannabinoid Program. Now What?

Final week, New York’s Hashish Management Board (“CCB”) held its first assembly because the enactment of the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (the “MRTA”) and introduced the transition of the State’s Cannabinoid Hemp Program (the “Program”) from the Division of Well being (“DOH”) to the Workplace of Hashish Administration (“OCM”) – OCM is tasked with administering the hashish guidelines and rules CCB will finally implement.

In case you comply with this weblog, it’s possible you’ll recall that within the spring of 2020, New York enacted A08977, which instructed DOH to develop the Program. Though DOH launched the Program in November 2020 and commenced accepting licensing and allow purposes for cannabinoid hemp processors, distributors, and retailers, the state company didn’t provoke the formal rulemaking course of till June 2 of this yr.

For the reason that publication of the DOH rules (the “Guidelines”) within the New York State Register, licensees – as of September 30, 2021, licensees included 2,275 retailers, 384 distributors, 36 processors (hemp extract) and 34 producers (completed merchandise) – have needed to adjust to licensing, manufacturing, distribution, and sale necessities. A few of these necessities embrace:

  • Manufacturing cannabinoid hemp merchandise pursuant to present good manufacturing practices (“cGMPs”). Cannabinoid hemp merchandise regulated by DOH embrace meals merchandise (meals and drinks), dietary dietary supplements, and inhalable merchandise (i.e., vaping merchandise solely), which can’t be or include:
    – Tobacco or nicotine;
    – Alcohol;
    – An injectable product;
    – An Inhaler product;
    – Cannabinoid hemp merchandise clearly labeled or marketed for the needs of smoking or within the type of a cigarette, cigar, or pre-roll, or packaged or mixed with different gadgets designed to facilitate smoking equivalent to rolling papers or pipes; a
    – Artificial cannabinoids, together with Delta-8 THC obtained by the method of isomerization.
  • Making certain cannabinoid hemp merchandise meet particular focus limits. For instance, meals merchandise can’t include greater than 25 mg of cannabinoids; whereas dietary dietary supplements should include not more than 3,000 milligram of whole cannabinoids per merchandise, with not more than 75 milligrams per particular person serving. The Guidelines additionally specify that the concentrations listed on the product label have to be at least 80% or greater than 120% of focus of whole cannabinoids listed on label.
  • Satisfying further security necessities imposed on inhalable merchandise, equivalent to inner or exterior temperature controls to forestall combustion and prohibiting using flavoring brokers.
  • Limiting the sale of cannabinoid hemp merchandise, together with out-of-state merchandise, to people who meet manufacturing, packaging and labeling, and testing necessities mandated underneath the Guidelines.
  • Proscribing the sale of inhalable cannabinoid hemp merchandise to customers 21 years of age or older.
  • Solely promoting middleman hemp extract to licensed hemp processors or to Medical Marijuana Program registrants and make sure the middleman hemp extract is transported, intrastate solely, in a completely enclosed automobile or container, and accompanied by a certificates of study certifying that the extract is lower than 0.3% whole THC together with a duplicate of the cannabinoid hemp processor’s license.

Beginning on November 1, licensees will even be required to make sure that each cannabinoid hemp product manufactured, distributed, and bought within the State meets particular testing, labeling and packaging necessities:

  • Testing Necessities: Cannabinoid hemp merchandise should be examined by a laboratory authorised to check medical marijuana, that’s ISO/IEC 17025 accredited to confirm compliance with particular contaminants limits.
  • Labeling and Packaging Necessities: The labels of cannabinoid hemp merchandise should embrace particular components, such because the listing of components, variety of servings, expiration date, a QR code, particular warnings, and the entire milligram content material of CBD, whole THC, and marketed cannabinoids per serving and container.

It’s unclear following CCB’s first assembly whether or not the newly shaped hashish regulatory physique will undertake the Guidelines of their present type or whether or not the group will conduct its personal, unbiased rulemaking course of within the weeks or months to return. What we do know, nonetheless, is that for now, and pursuant to the MRTA, the Guidelines will “proceed in full power and impact till duly modified or abrogated by CCB.” Subsequently, till then, licensees and stakeholder wishing to enter New York’s cannabinoid hemp market ought to familiarize themselves with the Guidelines and the Program to make sure compliance with all rules presently in impact.

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