New leadership at NY Office of Cannabis Management aims to fix botched legal marijuana industry rollout

Gov. Kathy Hochul announced on Monday a new leadership team within the Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) as part of her latest step to overhaul the mistake-riddled industry. 

The announcement comes as a bottleneck of license applicants continues, and rules about selling and using legal pot within the state remain unclear. Locally, and despite the city and state’s aggressive initiative launched last month to curb unlicensed cannabis vendors in the city, illegal pot shops are popping up in neighborhoods faster than legal dispensaries have been able to open around the city.