New York City Cannabis and Community Boards

New York City community boards will soon become a hot topic as New York begins accepting adult-use retail dispensary and on-site consumption license applications. If you have done any reading on New York’s Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA) (such as here or here), you’ll have seen references to community boards. But with community boards being a very New York City-centric concept and their significant role in the adult-use cannabis licensing process, we figured it was time for an good old fashioned FAQ.

What is a Community Board?

We can’t explain it better than New York City’s government website:

Community boards are local representative bodies. There are 59 community boards throughout the City, and each one consists of up to 50 unsalaried members, half of whom are nominated by their district’s City Council members. Board members are selected and appointed by the Borough Presidents from among active, involved people of each community and must reside, work, or have some other significant interest in the community.

Each community board is led by a District Manager who establishes an office, hires staff, and implements procedures to improve the delivery of City services to the district. While the main responsibility of the board

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