According to an article in the Albany Times Union, Medical Cannabis Industry Alliance of New York (MCIA) will serve as a clearinghouse for businesses and entrepreneurs who hope to enter New York state’s budding medical marijuana industry. Its membership will be composed of growers, real estate interests and advocates — as well as other industries associated with medical marijuana.
Earlier this month Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation that will create a medical marijuana system, making New York the 23rd state in the nation to do so. The state has 18 months to implement the rules and regulations — though that period can be extended at the state health commissioner’s discretion.
A founder of MCIA said they felt it was important that they begin as soon as possible because of the market’s complexity and the challenge of dealing with the state’s tight rules.