Cannabis harvest sufficient to supply the 1st dispensaries, according to the OCM

Farmers across the state have grown enough cannabis to stock New York City’s first dispensaries with local flowers before they open by the end of the year, Office of Management officials said Friday. cannabis.

The state’s first supply of legally grown cannabis is nearly ready to harvest as President Joe Biden calls for a review of how marijuana is viewed under federal drug laws.

“We know now, after touring the state, that the crop will be ready, it will be of high quality, it will be grown in the sun,” Office of Cannabis Management Executive Director Chris said on Friday. Alexander. “And before the end of the year, we will have opened some of our dispensaries.”

Members of the Cannabis Management Office and Cannabis Control Board would not give further details on when the first dispensaries in the state will open, or where or when the office will announce an updated schedule. up to date. But they reiterated that the first sales of adult-use marijuana will occur before 2023. Governor Kathy Hochul also said this week that the schedule remains on track, with about 20 dispensaries going live per month after the initial launch.

The state Dormitory Authority continues to visit locations and negotiate with landlords about potential retail space, Alexander said.

“We can’t be more specific than that,” he said. “It will be in a continuing wave, however. We will keep them online as they continue to be secure and built.”

Board members of the new Cannabis Management Office and Cannabis Control Council visited farms in Rochester, Long Island and the Capital Region this week, touching and smelling dozens of strains to be among the first sales of marijuana for adult use. The week-long visits ended Friday at a small farm in Copake.

Couple Jasmine Burems and King Aswad are preparing to harvest approximately 350 plants of 13 strains of cannabis from their Columbia County farm in the coming weeks.

“We love No. 13 – there are 13 moons in the year,” said Burems, who added of the upcoming harvest: “But we’re not there yet. You can’t rush a flower in its bloom.”

They own Claudine Field Apothecary, and grow their flower with organic and biodynamic farming techniques. Their products are focused on medical wellness and will include pre-rolls, vapes, and edibles. Most will be sold at dispensaries.

Burems and Aswad, a community herbalist and yoga instructor from Brooklyn, moved to Copake to start their farm and infuse wellness practices into the land.

The first dispensaries slated to open in New York will be owned and operated by people with prior marijuana convictions, who are disproportionately people of color.

Biden announced Thursday that all federal marijuana possession charges would be pardoned. The CMO and its advocates say this is a critical response after communities of color were hardest hit by criminal charges and incarceration during marijuana prohibition.

Farmers, contractors, or processors with a cannabis-related conviction or a direct relative of someone with a cannabis-related conviction in New York, or those with experience owning and operating a business prosperous in the state, have been prioritized for applying for licenses this year. Qualifications have been outlined as part of the state’s Seeding Opportunity Initiative Governor Kathy Hochul announced in March​.

“That is exactly the key and the tools that we here at CMO are able to use so that we can get seeds in the ground and products ready for our dispensaries which are about to be going live later this year,” said Cannabis Control Council President Tremaine Wright. said.

Burems and Aswad in the lead Non-profit Institute of Afrofuturist Ecology who works to strengthen fairness in the emerging legal cannabis industry for generations to come, and to bring sunshine to a plant that has been cultivated in secret for so long.

“It’s a privilege to be able to rest at night, not feeling like someone is going to try to tear my family apart because I’m trying to feed my family,” Aswad said.

Officials say they hope the state will be a leader as the decriminalization of marijuana turns into a national conversation, adding that it is part of a budding dialogue to erase a long-standing stigma.

“Let’s grow together… Let’s grow together in New York,” Aswad said.

A representative for Governor Kathy Hochul’s office said today that the White House has not contacted the governor’s office about the state’s experiment in overturning marijuana convictions to pardon the federal records.

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