First of Many Adult-Use Cannabis Conditional Cultivation Licenses Issued

J.M. Lesinski

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A shot of Cherry Sunset, a cultivar of cannabis indica from a New York state dispensary.Photo by J.M. Lesinski

The first 52 adult-use conditional cannabis cultivator licenses were recently approved by the New York State Cannabis Control Board, marking significant progress in the state’s cannabis legalization efforts.

“Today represents a huge step in our efforts to establish an adult-use cannabis industry in New York,” New York State Cannabis Control Board Chair Tremaine Wright remarked of the accomplishment. “We couldn’t be more excited to approve 52 small farms across the state to start to cultivating cannabis for adult consumption. We’ve been working hard to establish this industry, and now, New York farmers will be able to plant seeds in our fertile ground, so dispensaries owned by justice-involved New Yorkers with business experience will be able to sell these products in stores by the end of the year. Growing season waits for no one, and we’re moving as quickly as possible to help our local farmers take full advantage of it this spring.“

The 52 approved licenses come from a pool of more than one hundred and fifty submitted to the Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) following the March 15 beginning of online applications. The OCM has also promised to continue reviewing applications on a rolling basis to ensure all applicants get to the board as efficiently as possible.

“New York State continues to lead the nation in an equity-focused cannabis industry,” stated Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes of the announcement. “The approval of the first 52 provisional cultivation licenses will help create a responsible start to the NYS cannabis industry by granting cultivators the ability to produce enough product and inventory for social equity retail dispensaries to meet the initial demand of the anticipated legal market. We are on our way towards realizing our goal of creating a viable and inclusive path for minorities and small farmers to have the opportunity to create generational wealth for their families and communities. I am proud of the work conducted thus far by the NYS Office of Cannabis Management and the Cannabis Control Board, and I look forward to our actions bearing fruit.”

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