January 21, 2022

Office of Cannabis Management Announces Community Outreach Events

Office of Cannabis Management Announces Community Outreach Events
11 Community Cannabis Conversations, Including One Spanish-Language Session to be Held Virtually Across New York State
Initial Series of Events to Highlight Key Aspects of the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act and the New Cannabis Industry
Launching the first community engagement series with the Office of Cannabis Management

The Office of Cannabis Management today announced a series of virtual community outreach events – Cannabis Conversations – will begin January 27. These 11 virtual meetings will be hosted by Cannabis Control Board Chair Tremaine Wright. The first meeting is targeted to Western New York and the remainder will follow through the middle of February. An additional statewide event will be held in Spanish.

These Cannabis Conversations are the first outreach to communities across New York State conducted by the Office of Cannabis Management (OCM). New Yorkers will hear directly from Chair Wright and OCM leadership about the ins-and-outs of the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA) and how it serves as a foundation for the new cannabis industry with a focus on health, safety, and delivering social and economic justice to undo the harms of over policing during the decades-long prohibition of cannabis.

“We’re really looking forward to hosting these Cannabis Conversations.  While we intend to inform New Yorkers on the MRTA, we also anticipate hearing and answering their questions and concerns,” Chair Wright said. “This is just the beginning. As we continue to build an equitable New York cannabis industry, we will stay in contact with communities to make sure everyone has the necessary information to stay safe and healthy, and to seize the opportunity for long-term success and access to this industry.”

“We are working hard everyday to build the new cannabis industry and central to that effort is ensuring New Yorkers understand the legalization law and how it impacts them,” said OCM Executive Director Chris Alexander. “These Cannabis Conversations are just the start of our community engagement, and we look forward to continuing to connect with New Yorkers as we build an equitable, inclusive industry that protects public health and safety.”

We ask that New Yorkers interested in attending an event register and submit questions beforehand through the registration portal. Each event will run between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. and those who register will receive a link for the event before 12 p.m. on the day of their registered event. 

Link to Register: Office of Cannabis Management Cannabis Conversations Registration


  1. Western New York – Thursday, January 27
  2. Finger Lakes – Monday, January, 31
  3. New York City – Wednesday, February, 2
  4. Southern Tier – Thursday, February, 3
  5. Central New York – Monday, February, 7
  6. Mohawk Valley – Wednesday, February, 9
  7. North Country – Thursday, February, 10
  8. Capital Region – Tuesday, February, 15
  9. Mid-Hudson – Wednesday, February, 16
  10. Long Island – Thursday, February, 17
  11. Spanish Speaking (statewide) – Monday, February, 21

Contact Office of Cannabis Management Press Office

Contact us by email: