This week Adam Perry, a lawyer from Buffalo New York was chosen to be on the state’s new Cannabis Control Board.
Perry is a partner at the Hodgson Ross law firm and his practice includes cannabis and hemp. According to the firm’s website, he works out of Hodgson Russ’s offices in both Buffalo and Toronto but the firm’s work in Canada is “restricted to US law.”
Perry, who has experience advising clients on the marijuana industry, was appointed by Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D-The Bronx), who was allowed to choose one of the five members.
It was last week that the nomination and confirmation of Tremaine Wright, a former Democratic assemblywoman from Brooklyn, went down for chairperson of the board.
Wright will oversee the regulation of recreational marijuana and related products in the Empire State.
Wright had been selected by Gov. Kathy Hochul and was green lighted by the state Senate Finance Committee. Committee Member Diane Savino (D-Staten Island) however did note that Wright was a longtime proponent of legalizing weed and had “no experience in cannabis.”
Neither Perry nor the other board members need to be confirmed by the committee.
The Cannabis Control Board’s remaining members will be chosen by Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, who gets one pick, and Hochul, who has two picks.