New York Cannabis Bar Association

NYCannabar FINALLY gets an answer to our FOIL request!

For months NYCannabar has been writing to Governor Cuomo and the New York State Health Department (DOH) asking for visibility into the DOH's study on the legalization of cannabis for adult-use.  After radio silence, NYCannabar filed a Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request with the DOH in June 2018. 

On July 11, 2018 the DOH responded to our FOIL request.  The DOH provided no records or documents responsive to our request because "the records potentially responsive to [our] request are currently being reviewed for applicable exemptions, legal privileges, and responsiveness."  

In its FOIL response, the DOH noted that it should complete its process by September 13, 2018. 

You can imagine our collective surprise when, on July 13, 2018 -- a mere TWO DAYS after receiving the DOH FOIL response -- the DOH released the study itself!

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