Cannabis was legalized for adult possession and consumption in New York State through the passage of the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA) in April 2021. Sale of cannabis is still illegal, pending New York State finalizing the rules and processes for licensing cannabis retail dispensaries and other types of cannabis businesses. Once New York State begins issuing licenses, legal cannabis business activity, from cultivation to testing, processing, sales and other business activity created by this new industry, will represent an economic development opportunity for the City of Ithaca.

This page provides responses to Frequently Asked Questions regarding the City of Ithaca’s approach to managing cannabis-related business activity. For more information about the MRTA and New York State cannabis regulations and programs visit the New York State Office of Cannabis Management.