US (NY): Jamestown grower among first licensed to cultivate

Kerry Trammel experienced several emotions last week when she learned she was one of just over 50 hemp farmers across New York state to be approved for a license to grow recreational cannabis.

“Once it became finalized I was a little bit still in shock, then excited,” said Trammel, who also owns The Releaf Market on Foote Avenue Extension just outside the city of Jamestown. “There were a lot of emotions.”

The state Cannabis Control Board last week approved 52 initial licenses that will allow cultivators to grow cannabis for two years. The plan is to give farmers of hemp — a type of cannabis plant with lower levels of THC, cannabis’s active ingredient — a head start to grow cannabis for the state’s upcoming adult market.

Trammel was one of three in Western New York to be approved for an adult-use cannabis conditional cultivator license, and the only one in Chautauqua County.


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