Since the legalization of adult-use cannabis was passed in New York State in March 2021, there have largely been more questions than answers when it comes to what that might look like here and around the state. Two of the people trying to answer those questions locally are Brian Batrowny and Damien Cornwell, the chair and vice chair respectively of the Southern Tier Cannabis Committee.
“We try to take the confusion out of it,” Cornwell said. “Even if we don’t know, we tell people ‘we don’t know and here’s why.’ There’s nothing more frustrating than waiting for something to happen and you don’t even know why. There’s so much chatter and noise in the room. So it’s to be that lighthouse, so to speak. To give straight answers to straight questions.”
The Southern Tier Cannabis Committee represents Tompkins, Steuben, Schuyler, Chemung, Tioga, Broome, Chenango, Otsego and Delaware counties within the New York Cannabis Growers and Processors Association (NYCPGA). Its mission is to provide education and networking opportunities for business owners, bring together the Southern Tier cannabis community and stakeholders, and advocate and lobby for small- to mid-size operators.
About 50% of members are growers and processors, while the remaining 50% are split evenly between retail and sponsors/donors.
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