The New York cannabis landscape continues to grow, as the state’s Cannabis Control Board approves swathes of new cultivators to participate in the legal market.
58 cannabis growers were granted conditional licenses to grow the plant in New York. This takes the total number of licensed cannabis cultivators in New York to 146.
The conditions of the licenses state that cultivators can grow cannabis outside or in greenhouses. For those opting for the latter, the greenhouses are permitted to have up to 20 lights.
New York Picks Up the Pace
Those keeping a close eye on the New York cannabis market will have noticed that the speed of progressive changes has increased in recent months, pertaining to the development of the state’s legal infrastructure.
It is thought that those in the Office of Cannabis Management are all too aware of the short windows of the growing season, and so are prioritizing the issuing of licenses to suitable businesses.
Since the Office of Cannabis Management opened their doors to applications on May 15, over 200 applications have been received.
Moreover, it’s not just the rule makers that have to operate at a greater speed now; it has been reported that those organizations granted provisional licenses will only have a handful of days to apply for their full license, with June 1 set as the cut-off date.
Cultivators unable or unwilling to put in a full license application will remain on their temporary license, enabling them to grow cannabis up until June 30, 2024.
Developments such as this for New York cannabis will undoubtedly please those looking to participate in the state’s legal market, whether that be businesses or customers.
However, there are still many more practical steps to be taken in developing New York’s legal cannabis market, not least, shoring up further initiatives around social equity and funding for community projects.
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