New York Takes the Grow Plunge with Outdoor Grows Upstate

New York Takes the Grow Plunge with Outdoor Grows Upstate
High Times

New York is finally kicking off their recreational cannabis sales, after years of back-and-forth and push back against antiquated and racist drug laws. Now, the industry is up and running with some of the first 203 hemp growers given recreational licenses starting up their grows. And plot twist: the first of these are outdoors.  Not exactly what you’d expect for New York, but weather-wise, it’s prime season. The indoor growers are expected to join in soon, but for now growers like Frank Popolizio of Homestead Farms and Ranch are getting started with their outdoor crops.  “It is an opportunity. There’s obviously going to be a demand for it,” Popolizio tells the Press Herald. “And, hopefully, it benefits the farmers. Been a long time since there’s been a real cash crop.” The outdoor growers are legally allowed to cultivate because of their “conditional cultivator” licenses, which let them grow up to an acre of cannabis outdoors. They are also allowed to grow some of their crops in greenhouses. The license is good for two years, and they can sell their cannabis to legal dispensaries.  Including these small farmers and growers is helping the state stick to creating a diverse and equitable cannabis industry. Paired with this move, the first licenses to sell cannabis in the state will go to folks with weed convictions and their relatives.  “There’s a market that we’re building for small players, for big players, for medium-sized players, for family businesses, for big corporations as well,” says Chris Alexander, executive director of the state’s Office of Cannabis Management. “We do think it will be sufficient to provide that initial supply to our dispensary locations that we get up and running.”  Most of the cannabis currently being grown in greenhouses and outdoors will be turned into products like edibles…

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