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Plans for New York Cannabis Farmers Markets Put on Hold

Plans in New York for cannabis farmers markets have been put on hold by Governor Kathy Hochul.

The idea for the markets was put forward by the Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) in May and it was hoped the markets would have enabled the sale of unsold crops from 2022, allowing cannabis cultivators to work with retailers to organise events.

At the time, the OC suggested that the markets could open in as little as one month, however, a short timeline is now looking less realistic.

In a previous town hall meeting, cultivators had supported the idea but already expressed concerns about how fast the markets could be set up, noting the idea may not be the whole solution to selling unsold 2022 crops.

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The the Cannabis Association of New York (CANY) had already showed support for the markets, stating that they would offer “much-needed relief and opportunity for New York’s cultivators and allow small brands to connect with and educate more consumers on their products” – what it says is a vital aspect of creating a proficient and functional market for operators all along the New York supply chain.

Speaking to Green Market Report, board member of CANY and cannabis cultivator, Brittany Carbone, said the organisation has been given feedback that suggests the Governor’s office is concerned about the public health and safety and security of the events.

Carbone told the publication: “It’s a matter of getting the governor’s office to understand this wouldn’t be a free-for-all, by any means.”

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