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State cannabis advisory board
§ 14. State cannabis advisory board. 1. The state cannabis advisory
board or "advisory board" is established within the office of cannabis
management and directed to work in collaboration with the cannabis
control board and the executive director to advise and issue
recommendations on the use of medical cannabis, adult-use cannabis and
cannabinoid hemp and hemp extract in the state of New York, and shall
govern and administer the New York state community grants reinvestment
fund pursuant to section 99-kk of the state finance law.

2. The state cannabis advisory board shall consist of thirteen voting
appointed members, along with a representative from the department of
environmental conservation, the department of agriculture and markets,
the office of children and family services, the department of labor, the
department of health, the division of housing and community renewal, the
office of addiction services and supports, and the department of
education, serving as non-voting ex-officio members. The governor shall
have seven appointments, the temporary president of the senate and the
speaker of the assembly shall each have three appointments to the board.
The members shall be appointed to each serve three year terms and in the
event of a vacancy, the vacancy shall be filled in the manner of the
original appointment for the remainder of the term. The appointed
members and representatives shall receive no compensation for their
services but shall be allowed their actual and necessary expenses
incurred in the performance of their duties as board members.

3. Advisory board members shall have statewide geographic
representation that is balanced and diverse in its composition.
Appointed members shall have an expertise in public and behavioral
health, substance use disorder treatment, effective rehabilitative
treatment for adults and juveniles, homelessness and housing, economic
development, environmental conservation, job training and placement,
criminal justice, and drug policy. Further, the advisory board shall
include residents from communities most impacted by cannabis
prohibition, people with prior drug convictions, the formerly
incarcerated, and representatives from the farming industry, cannabis
industry, and organizations serving communities impacted by past federal
and state drug policies.

4. The chairperson of the advisory board and the vice chairperson
shall be elected from among the members of the advisory board by the
members of such advisory board. The vice chairperson shall represent the
advisory board in the absence of the chairperson at all official
advisory board functions.

5. The advisory board shall make recommendations to the cannabis
control board, the office and the legislature on cannabis and hemp
cultivation, processing, distribution, transport, social and economic
equity in the cannabis and hemp industries, criminal justice, public
health and safety concerns, law enforcement related to cannabis and
cannabis products, and on the testing and sale of cannabis and cannabis

6. The advisory board shall meet as frequently as its business may
require. The advisory board shall enact and from time to time may amend
bylaws in relation to its meetings and the transaction of its business.
A majority of the total number of voting members which the board would
have were there no vacancies, shall constitute a quorum and shall be
required for the board to conduct business. All meetings of the advisory
board shall be conducted in accordance with the provisions of article
seven of the public officers law.