New state agency to manage cannabis?

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The New York State Senate made a move to potentially push forward the legislation revolving around the legalization of recreational marijuana.

The Senate on Friday, May 24, amended the bill that would make marijuana legal, and attached to that legislation would be the creation of an Office of Cannabis Management.

The office would be a new state agency, tasked with regulating all aspects of legal cannabis, including medical marijuana, industrial hemp, the retail sale of marijuana and the cultivation of marijuana.

The new bill also calls for the cleaning of the criminal and civil records of convicted low-level marijuana offenses. Gov. Andrew Cuomo was in favor of sealing the records, but not forgiving them.

It is unknown if there are enough votes to pass legal marijuana in the state before the end of the legislative session on June 19.

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