Meet New York’s Cannabis Director of Policy

As part of New York Cannabis Control Board’s (CCB) meeting on August 15, 2022, the CCB proposed and approved John Kagia as the Office of Cannabis Management’s Director of Policy. Given the expansive and stratified plans for New York’s adult-use cannabis industry (with the general ban on vertical integration, emphasis on social equity and advanced conditional licenses), the Director of Policy will have a quite a few responsibilities.

From the OCM’s position posting, the Director of Policy’s duties will include (but will not be limited to!):

Overseeing data analysis and evaluation of programs, policies and initiatives of the OCM; Managing the strategic planning, implementation and evaluation of the OCM’s policy initiatives and serving as a senior advisor to Executive Staff; Directing the evaluation of the impact of cannabis legalization using key indicators across a variety of sub-populations and metrics; Researching, interpreting and analyzing pending legislation, laws, policies and administrative guidelines or case law focusing on the effects of legislative enactments, issues, other rules and regulations affecting the administration, programs operations or service delivery; and Using scientifically and epidemiologically valid methods and standards for policy development.

A few interesting things to note based on the identified duties. First, the

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