New legislation in New York would allow licensed hemp businesses to grow and process cannabis for the state’s forthcoming adult-use market, according to a local WGRZ report.

Assembly Bill A2682A and Senate Bill S8084 would allow the Office of Cannabis Management to issue “conditional adult-use cultivator licenses” to hemp farmers, who could then grow and process adult-use cannabis to supply the state’s dispensaries, WGRZ reported.

Applicants must hold a valid industrial hemp grower authorization from the New York Department of Agriculture and Markets as of Dec. 31, 2021, according to the news outlet, and be licensed to grow cannabinoid hemp.

“It provides a conditional license to make sure when licensing is in place that equity business will have a product to put on their shelves,” Assembly Speaker Crystal Peoples-Stokes, who is a sponsor of A.B. A262A, told the news outlet.