US (NY): "We are the county's first farm licensed to grow adult-use cannabis"

Bunker’s Hemp LLC has become the first farm in Montgomery County to receive a license from the state to grow adult-us cannabis. On Thursday, the state Cannabis Control Board announced the approval of 36 Adult-use Cannabis Conditional Cultivator Licenses for farms across the state. The board previously approved 52 licenses last month.

Only existing hemp farms authorized through the state Department of Agriculture and Markets are eligible to apply for the two-year conditional licenses to begin growing adult-use cannabis this season to support the forthcoming adult-use cannabis market.

“New York is building the most inclusive cannabis industry in the country, and including small farmers with expertise is an essential component in accomplishing that goal,” said Chris Alexander, executive director of the state Office of Cannabis Management, in a prepared statement. The state has received over 200 applications from farms seeking cultivator licenses through its online portal, which will remain open until June 30. The state is reviewing submittals on a rolling basis.

Bunker’s Hemp on Route 30 in the town of Florida is the first and only farm to receive authorization to grow adult-use cannabis in Montgomery County so far. The hemp growing operation actually began three years ago to supplement the income of the family-run dairy farm, Creek Acres Farms. “It was a lot of hard work and a lot of investment and not too much profit,” Pete Bunker admitted Monday.

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