In an exclusive interview with the Advance Media New York editorial board on Wednesday, Gov. Kathy Hochul said the state's plan to have 20 conditional adult-use retail dispensaries open by the end of this year is "still on track" – and to expect "another 20″ to open every month or so thereafter.

"We're going to make sure that this is a model for the rest of the nation – especially with our desire to make sure that people who've been affected by the criminal justice system adversely ... have the opportunity to work in this area," Hochul said.  
 
The governor met with the editorial board to discuss a range of topics, including cannabis and was asked whether she was concerned about the shifting timelines for rolling out retail operations.

"Talk about the rollout being jammed up," she said. "When I became governor, nothing had happened. Nothing. It was shut down because there was a battle between the administration and the legislature over who would be the executive director and the chairs of the cannabis review boards."

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