Relates to industrial hemp development by including representatives from the New York state hemp workgroup and representatives from industries that currently use or may use industrial hemp in their products.
NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
BILL NUMBER: A9282
TITLE OF BILL:
An act to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to indus-
trial hemp development
The purpose of this legislation is to encourage the use of industrial
hemp grown in New York by businesses.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
The bill would amend section 519 of the Agriculture and Markets Law to
update the hemp economic development section of law to clarify that the
Commissioner shall work with the urban development corporation, the New
York State hemp workgroup created in Cannabis Law, and representatives
of industries that currently use, or may potentially use, industrial
hemp in their products, to develop and promote the use of hemp by busi-
nesses for purposes such as packaging, construction, and other uses.
New York is a leader in the cultivation and processing of hemp, espe-
cially for cannabinoid hemp. The market for New York industrial hemp is
still developing and the state needs to take an active role in research-
ing, identifying, and promoting hemp to industries that may incorporate
it into their products. For example, as the market for sustainable,
biodegradable, non-petroleum-based packaging grows, so do the opportu-
nities for New York produced industrial hemp as an ingredient in these
products. This legislation will encourage renewed focus by the State to
work with growers, processors and businesses that are end users to
expand market opportunities.
This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK
February 11, 2022
Introduced by M. of A. LUPARDO -- read once and referred to the Commit-
tee on Agriculture
AN ACT to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to indus-
trial hemp development
The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-bly, do enact as follows:
1 Section 1. Section 519 of the agriculture and markets law, as added by
2 chapter 1 of the laws of 2020, is amended to read as follows:
3 § 519. Hemp economic development. [To the extent the commissioner
4 believes it to be necessary, the] The commissioner shall consult and
5 cooperate with the New York state urban development corporation, the New
6 York state hemp workgroup created pursuant to section one hundred eight
7 of the cannabis law, and representatives of industries that currently
8 use, or may potentially use, industrial hemp in their products, with
9 respect to the funding and support of research, and product and business
10 development and promotion, concerning hemp and businesses involved in
11 growing, cultivating, and processing hemp for uses including, but not
12 limited to food, fiber, packaging, cannabinoid content, and construction
13 materials [and other uses].
14 § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
 is old law to be omitted.