State Cannabis Control Board issues first licenses to 52 local farmers to grow marijuana for adult recreational use – a major step in launching the seed-for-sale industry in the Empire State.
Cannabis grown by farmers or “growers” who obtained licenses on Thursday will power the first products sold in legal cannabis retail stores later this year, according to the council.
The council drafted a resolution to grant the “conditional adult use cultivator” licenses at a meeting scheduled for 1 p.m.
“The Board wishes to issue a license to each applicant who has received the President’s preliminary decision to grant a license,” the draft resolution reads.
New York State recently launched its first “Cannabis Talk” public service ads in anticipation of the legal sale of marijuana, which includes the warning, “Do not drive while high.”
A customer must be 21 or older to purchase and consume cannabis.
The advertisements also advise smokers to be respectful when smoking pungent weed “away from others” and to store the stash safely away from children.
The Legislature and former Governor Andrew Cuomo approved legislation legalizing the recreational use of cannabis last spring.
Governor Kathy Hochul has decided to accelerate the development of the cannabis market after a slow rollout under her predecessor.
The Cannabis Council has also agreed to award the first retail licenses to sell weed to people with a history of marijuana convictions.
New York Post