US (NY): New licensing law sparks high hopes among New York hemp farmers

The state is anticipating what's expected to be heavy demand in the cannabis industry once dispensaries open in New York. On Tuesday, Gov. Kathy Hochul signed a bill allowing hemp farmers in New York to obtain licenses to grow adult-use cannabis.

The new law calls for granting hemp farmers who have at least two years of growing experience provisional cannabis cultivator and processor licenses to grow cannabis plants outdoors or in greenhouses starting in the spring.

Allan Gandelman, president of the New York Cannabis Growers and Processors Association, said the legislation will help farmers break into the market. “We’re importing millions of pounds from other states, so we would really like to have hundreds of growers here, instead of having to import it,” said Gandelman.

He said the measure will allow farmers to get ahead of the expected demand from dispensaries once they arrive in New York. “We cannot miss the growing season, because if we miss the growing season, that puts farmers 12 or 18 months behind everyone else. And at that point, that would really put us at a disadvantage,” Gandelman said.


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