US (NY): Hochul team flunked NY’s cannabis rollout while letting illicit market thrive, cannabis advocates say

The Hochul administration’s slow rollout of New York’s legal cannabis trade was a real buzzkill — and the market is still far from recovered from it, an industry group says in a stinging “report card.”

The Coalition for Access to Regulated and Safe Cannabis gave the state Office of Cannabis Management the failing grades of three Fs, one D, a D+, and a C- in various categories.

It’s really four Fs, though.

The group, which includes licensed medical marijuana dispensaries, sarcastically gave OCM an “A” for allowing a huge illicit market of unlicensed cannabis shops to flourish before licensed weed shops even opened, according to the report obtained by The Post.

“Despite its enormous potential, New York’s adult-use cannabis market right now is failing by almost every measure – on access, on equity, and on economic viability,” said CARSC rep Kirsten Foy.


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