Speaker Heastie Appoints Perry To Cannabis NY Control Board

There is a new appointment to the New York Cannabis Control Board (CCB)

Speaker of the New York State Assembly Carl Heastie (D) today announced his appointment of attorney Adam W. Perry to the CCB.

Heastie says that it is critical to have people involved who are committed to local communities and ensuring that the legal cannabis industry serves the people of New York in developing its mechanisms and regulations.

“Adam W. Perry is deeply invested in New York’s communities,” says Heastie. “And will bring that dedication to his new role and be an asset to the Cannabis Control Board.”

Perry is a partner at the Hodgson Russ LLP law firm, where he works in employment-related matters, having represented a broad array of employers, nonprofit organizations, governments, and businesses in complex litigation.

Perry’s primary focus is employer and employee disputes and has successfully handled high-risk, high-dollar employment litigations.

“It is an honor to be appointed by the Speaker to the Cannabis Control Board,” says Perry. “This is an historic moment where we get to shape from the ground up in a new industry in our state, where we can make sure there is social equity and fairness. I look forward to getting to work.”

Perry attended Erie County Community College, the University of Buffalo, and graduated from the University of Michigan Law School.

He is a current board member and chair of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority Aviation Committee and chairman of the Citizen Planning Council.

Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes says she is proud that a dedicated member of the Buffalo community is the Assembly’s appointee to the CCB.

“We fought so long and so hard to pass historic legislation that ensures marijuana justice and invests in the lives and communities of those who suffered for generations,” says Peoples-Stokes. “Now, the focus is on implementation and that means having the right people on the Control Board. I believe Adam will work to uphold those principles in his new role.”

The CCB was formed earlier this year under provisions of the Marihuana Regulation and Tax Act, which also legalized adult-use cannabis in New York.

The CCB is responsible for enforcing hemp, medical, and adult-use cannabis provisions, as well as licensing, permitting, regulation, and establishing public health and education programs.

The board must also develop and implement a social equity plan to help service-disabled veterans, distressed farmers, MWBEs, and others affected by cannabis criminalization participate in the legal cannabis industry.