Tag: New York

New York Shuts Down More Than 100 Illegal Dispensaries in 3 Weeks

June 19, 2024 · Ganjapreneur

New York’s task force to shut down illegal dispensaries in the state has closed 114 storefronts in the three weeks since the launch of the enforcement actions just three weeks ago. Officials said more than $29 million worth of products were seized in the closures.  Licensed retailers in enforcement areas reported a 27% higher increase in sales from the first week of May to the first week of June, Gov. Kathy Hochul’s Office said in a press release, nearly seven… Read more.

Fab 5 Freddy: This Joint Is Jumpin’

June 12, 2024 · Cannabis Now

“Fab? Yeah, he used to get weed from Ricky Powell,” Saes says. I smile, struck with a welcome sense of the familiar. I’m talking with legendary New York City weed delivery service pioneer Mike Saes—also known as “El Saeso”—and I can faintly hear the sounds of Manhattan taxi cabs whizzing by him as I listen intently. I hit up Saes in anticipation of connecting with the one and only Fab 5 Freddy (otherwise known as Fredrick Braithwaite) for some insider… Read more.

Comedy, Cannabis, Compassion

June 9, 2024 · High Times

On an overcast Tuesday evening at the end of September, hundreds of Amy Sedaris fans stood in line outside the Union Square Travel Agency—the third legal cannabis dispensary to open in Manhattan—for a chance to meet Sedaris, whose resume includes roles in Strangers with Candy, BoJack Horseman, and The Mandalorian. Fans braved the clouds and light rain in a line that stretched around the block, to purchase their cannabis from the dispensary’s first celebrity guest “travel agent,”—what the store calls their budtenders. The Union Square… Read more.

Psilocybin Surge

June 4, 2024 · High Times

A new study based on data collected by law enforcement agencies suggests the availability of illicit psilocybin mushrooms in the U.S. has risen significantly compared to prior years. This uptick in psilocybin seizures suggests that the mushrooms are now easier to find on the street. Researchers at New York University (NYU) uncovered a rapidly growing trend suggesting more Americans have access to psilocybin mushrooms, as the list of potential medical benefits grows. Published online in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence,… Read more.

New York Stooges – New York’s Cannabis Industry is Such a ClusterFudge, Gov. Hochul is Blaming Google and Yelp

May 14, 2024 · Cannabis.net

New York's move into the legal cannabis market has encountered major obstacles, as shown by the internal assessment that was released on Friday. The review revealed a long chain of errors in the state's Office of Cannabis Management (OCM), which was blamed mostly on the leadership with insufficient experience. The OCM was not seen as a mature governmental entity but rather as a startup with a "mission-driven" approach, resulting in many problems. The most prominent issues surfaced were the constant modifications… Read more.

New York City Officials Announce Crackdown on Illegal Cannabis Dispensaries

May 8, 2024 · Ganjapreneur

New York City Mayor Eric Adams on Tuesday announced that city officials would begin enforcement actions in the five boroughs to shut down illegally operating cannabis shops. “Operation Padlock to Protect” comes after state officials last month gave municipalities the regulatory authority to shutter unlicensed cannabis dispensaries and other businesses, such as smoke shops, which are selling cannabis without state approval. The operation includes cooperation between the New York City Police Department (NYPD) and New York City Department of Consumer… Read more.

Royal Queen Seeds Celebrates 420 With Mike Tyson in NYC

April 21, 2024 · Cannabis Now

Royal Queen Seeds, one of the largest and most trusted cannabis seed banks in the world, celebrated 420 with a 20-story advertisement in Times Square, marking New York’s move toward legal and regulated home cultivation of cannabis for all adults. The 200-foot-tall One Times Square Billboard, which historically counts down to New Years, encouraged New Yorkers to grow their own cannabis and included a countdown to 4:20 p.m., which was celebrated with Royal Queen Seeds’ latest US cannabis seed partner, TYSON… Read more.

Smoking Hemp and Getting High? – Here is Why…Over 90% of Smokable Hemp Products Are Actually Just Weed Says Testing Lab

April 15, 2024 · Cannabis.net

The burgeoning hemp-derived cannabinoid market often faces criticism due to the absence of standardised third-party testing and comprehensive regulation. While many consumers vouch for the efficacy of these products and numerous companies uphold stringent standards, the oversight in the hemp industry pales in comparison to that of the legal cannabis sector. Consequently, consumers using certain hemp-derived products may unknowingly encounter potent psychoactive effects, believing they are solely consuming hemp or CBD. The frequency of THC in goods advertised as hemp is… Read more.

How to Get Weed Delivered in NYC

April 13, 2024 · Thrillist

Recreational cannabis has been legal in NYC for three years, and it should come as no surprise that weed delivery has thrived among our tech-savvy and perpetually busy locals. What can we say, convenience is king. While visiting the city’s licensed and hyper-aesthetic dispensaries in person can still feel like a fun, novel experience, the accessibility of to-your-door service and smoking inside your apartment can’t (and won’t) be snubbed. Here’s our guide on the where, what, and how of weed delivery services in NYC. Can… Read more.

Cleotrapa, Ice Spice’s ‘Baddie Friend’ Is Our New Stoner Bestie

April 6, 2024 · High Times

Navigating through all of the new rap artists emerging out of NYC can be tough. Finding someone who is fresh, interesting, and likes to get stoned might even be a mission. Lucky for me, I stumbled upon Cleotrapa.  Cleo being from Staten Island, which happens to be my hometown, made the assignment even more intriguing. Pair that with the fact that she’s Ice Spice‘s “baddie friend” who’s been by her side in most of the snippets and videos that have stacked up… Read more.

Judge clarifies New York adult-use marijuana ruling after creating chaos

April 5, 2024 · MJ Biz Daily

New York’s adult-use marijuana industry rode a chaotic roller coaster the past two days, after a state Supreme Court judge on Wednesday struck down nearly all regulations for the market, only to issue a revised, much narrower ruling one day later. Last year, Leafly Holdings sued New York’s Office of Cannabis Management (OCM), challenging the state’s ban on third-party advertising for cannabis retailers on free-speech grounds. But in a scathing ruling dated April 3 that began to circulate Thursday, Albany Supreme Court Judge Kevin… Read more.

24 Illegal Weed Shops for Every 1 Legal Dispensary – New York Wakes Up to California’s Cannabis Market Problems

March 28, 2024 · Cannabis.net

In 2024, after three years of ups and downs, New York's recreational cannabis market began to gain momentum, notably marked by the opening of approximately 50 licensed dispensaries so far this year. However, these licensed retailers, totaling about 85, find themselves vastly outnumbered by over 2,000 unauthorized head shops. These establishments have drawn complaints for diverting customers, selling to minors, and attracting criminal activity. This swift and audacious incursion has left many frustrated with the government's slower and more stringent… Read more.

Gavin Rossdale Shows How Celebrity Weed Features Should Be Done

March 28, 2024 ·

Since breaking through with Sixteen Stone in 1994, Bush’s Gavin Rossdale has been a music industry mainstay. The debut album peaked at #4 on the Billboard charts, leading to successful albums and side projects over the next three decades. The band’s debut release, known for hits like “Machinehead” and “Glycerine,” solidified Bush’s 90s legacy. They continued with chart-topping releases, including 1996’s follow-up Razorblade Suitcase, and maintained momentum through the 2000s. Their latest album, The Art of Survival, released in 2022.  The combined endeavors created a lasting… Read more.

Cannabis Cultivator Fees Waived in New York Until 2026

March 27, 2024 · High Times

The New York State Cannabis Control Board (CCB) recently voted to waive cannabis cultivator licensing fees for the next two years. Gov. Kathy Hochul celebrated this recent progress to help struggling cultivators. “Farmers are the backbone of our State, and we’re making sure the family farms across New York that are building our cannabis industry have a real chance to succeed,” Hochul said. “I have made it clear that New York State needs to issue more dispensary licenses and kickstart cannabis… Read more.

New York Waives Cannabis Cultivator License Fees for Two Years

March 25, 2024 · Ganjapreneur

The New York State Cannabis Control Board voted last week to award licenses to 114 new cannabis companies and waive all conditional cannabis cultivator licensing fees for the next two years. The waiver covers fees for dispensaries transitioning to non-conditional license types including cultivation businesses and microbusinesses, which can range from $4,500 to $40,000 depending on the license’s canopy size. With the new licenses, there are now 88 licensed and operational dispensaries in New York, according to a press release from the office… Read more.

First Black Woman-Owned Dispensary Opens in Manhattan

March 22, 2024 · High Times

Bliss + Lex is a Black woman-owned cannabis dispensary in Manhattan and its team says it’s the first dispensary of its kind to do so in a March 20 announcement. Licensed adult-use cannabis businesses are beginning to appear in New York City as they compete with unlicensed businesses.  “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to pull up our own seat at the table in the cannabis industry. As entrepreneurs, we have a chance to create a legacy, change the trajectory of our family’s… Read more.

New York Governor Begins Review of Weed Legalization Rollout

March 19, 2024 · High Times

New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced on Monday that her administration will conduct an assessment of the state’s rollout of legal recreational marijuana, saying that the review is needed to ensure the success of the regulated cannabis market.  New York lawmakers passed legislation legalizing recreational pot nearly three years ago, but the rollout of regulated sales has been plagued by lawsuits and other delays. More than a year after the first licensed recreational pot shop opened in December 2022, only 70… Read more.

New York Governor Calls On Websites To Stop Promoting Unlicensed Weed Shops

March 1, 2024 · High Times

New York Governor Kathy Hochul on Wednesday called on social media companies and popular websites including Google and Yelp to stop running listings for unlicensed cannabis retailers. At a press conference, the governor appeared with licensed dispensary owners, who face stiff competition from the multitude of unlicensed weed retailers in New York City, to call attention to the situation. “If you type in ‘cannabis dispensaries’ in Google Maps or Yelp, you’ll get a long list of unlicensed illegal vendors,” Hochul… Read more.

Buy! Sell! Puff, Puff, Pass! – Wall Street Drops Drug Testing for Cannabis, What It Could Mean for Your 401k

February 9, 2024 ·

Major Wall Street banks are forgoing drug testing for applicants, including marijuana, in a significant shift from customary standards. This trend mirrors wider shifts in legal and cultural views, as well as the rising acceptance of cannabis use in professional groups. The following lists the modifications that major financial institutions are implementing, as reported by Business Insider: Bank of America Corp (NYSE: BAC): No longer conducts drug testing for new hires or current employees. Citigroup Inc (NYSE: C): Employment does not… Read more.

New York marijuana retailers already behind on bills

January 23, 2024 · Green Market Report

Although the New York cannabis market has gotten considerably better – the number of operational retailers has grown to 52 as of Jan. 19 – a new problem has arisen for operators upstream in the supply chain: how to collect on unpaid bills from retail shops. The issue of nonpayment by licensed New York marijuana stores has been around since the market launched just over a year ago, said Brittany Carbone, both a marijuana farmer and the incoming vice president… Read more.

We’re Going to Need a Bigger Boat – NY Tries to Shut Down Illegal Cannabis Shops as California Says Welcome to Our World

January 4, 2024 · Cannabis.net

On the eve of the highly anticipated opening of Brooklyn's first legal adult-use store, state authorities in New York marked a significant milestone—the permanent closure of a long-standing illicit marijuana operation in the borough. The legal action taken to permanently shut down Big Chief Smoke Shop, an unlicensed cannabis retailer situated in the Bay Ridge neighborhood of southern Brooklyn, is being hailed as a pivotal moment signifying New York's commitment to change, as stated by Governor Kathy Hochul in a… Read more.

Pot-Shop Hopping: We Hit a Trio of New Legal Stores in Manhattan, The Bronx and New Jersey

January 3, 2024 · CelebStoner

New York and New Jersey are opening new legal adult-use stores at a rapid pace. New Jersey currently has 79 such shops while New York lags behind with 34. New Jersey got a head start in 2022, followed by New York eight months later. New York also had an injunction that prevented new stores opening from August to December. Over the last few weeks, we visited two stores in New York (Manhattan and the Bronx) and one in New Jersey. … Read more.

New York Retailers Sold 3.5 Million Marijuana Products In The First Year Of Legalization, State Report Says

December 30, 2023 · Marijuana Moment

New York marijuana regulators published a year-end review of the state’s legal cannabis system on Friday, highlighting major milestones and offering a snapshot of the market almost exactly a year after the state’s first adult-use sales began. Consumers purchased more than 3.5 million cannabis products during the year, New York State’s Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) said in the report. Once December figures are tallied, total sales for the year are expected to exceed $150 million. That activity brought in more… Read more.

NY Gov. Vetoes Bill Letting Growers Sell Surplus Cannabis to Tribal Retailers

December 29, 2023 · High Times

As the New York cannabis market continues to steadily find its footing among a number of delays, the state’s governor has vetoed a measure that would have provided solutions for growers with a surplus of product without means to sell it. The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Michelle Hinchey (D) and Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo (D), would have allowed licensed growers to sell their products to tribal retailers. The sponsors, who respectively chair the state Senate and Assembly agriculture committees, shared that the… Read more.

New York Posts Dozens Of Sample Marijuana Job Descriptions To Aid Businesses And Workers

In an effort to help licensed marijuana businesses and would-be cannabis workers alike, New York’s Department of Labor (DOL) has published dozens of sample job descriptions for positions in the legal industry. The examples are intended to help companies streamline hiring processes and allow prospective employees to assess their qualifications to work in various roles within the emerging cannabis industry, a DOL representative told Marijuana Moment. “The legalization of cannabis has created significant opportunities for New Yorkers, including exciting new… Read more.

New York Governor Vetoes Bill That Would’ve Let Growers Sell Bulk Marijuana To Tribal Retailers

December 23, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

New York’s governor has vetoed legislation that would have allowed licensed marijuana growers to sell products to tribal retailers. The bills, sponsored by Sen. Michelle Hinchey (D) and Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo (D), who respectively chair the state Senate and Assembly agriculture committees, would have given a release valve to hundreds of cannabis farmers who have been sitting on surpluses without any place to sell their products. “We offered a way for some of the oversupply of cannabis grown by NY’s farmers… Read more.

New York Officials Shut Down Illegal Dispensary As Licensed Stores Begin to Open

December 20, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D), Attorney General Letitia James, and the Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) on Monday announced the forced closure of Big Chief Smoke Shop, an unlicensed cannabis retailer in Brooklyn. The closure came just one day before the opening of the borough’s first licensed adult-use dispensary. Big Chief Smoke Shop had been selling cannabis products without a license since at least November 2022, according to a press release from the governor’s office. Officials said they previously inspected the… Read more.

New York Governor Vetoes Bills to Legalize Hemp for Animal Feed

December 19, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) last week vetoed a bill that would have let the state’s animal feed makers utilize hemp seeds in the production of certain animal feed products, Marijuana Moment reports. Under the bill, commercial makers of animal feed for pets, horses, or camelids would have been allowed to use hemp seed or hemp seed-derived products as ingredients for their products. Supporters of the bill had argued that the seed hulls and seed meal from hemp would be nutritious… Read more.

What are the Best States for Starting a Cannabis Business in 2024? – Marijuana Legal Experts Weigh In!

December 18, 2023 · Cannabis.net

Have you ever pondered the landscape of cannabis regulations across the United States? Amid a shifting legal terrain where nearly half of the states have embraced recreational cannabis and 38 have legalized medical marijuana, the complexities abound. Despite federal law maintaining cannabis as an illegal substance, each state charts its course with unique rules and regulations. Deciding on the optimal cannabis state involves considering various factors, such as whether the state permits medical, recreational, or both cannabis programs, the presence of… Read more.

New York’s Grower Showcase Events Provide Pipeline for Producers, Refreshing Space for Buyers

December 15, 2023 · High Times

New York’s rollout of legal weed shops has been a mess, to say the least. Designed to revolutionize the legal weed marketplace, New York has instead fallen short either by design or outside factors, including numerous lawsuits.  One of the most significant ripple effects in this series of shortcomings is the immense impact on New York’s licensed growers. Farmers are sitting on one to two seasons worth of product, equaling an estimated 240,000-pound surplus. The situation has become so dire that… Read more.

New York regulators issue first cannabis product recall

December 13, 2023 · MJ Biz Daily

New York issued what is believed to be its first cannabis product recall after the discovery that a single lot of gummies “did not undergo the required testing for consumer safety and product quality.” The product, “Jenny’s Zee Zee gummies, 2:1 THC/CBN,” were “sold through licensed cannabis dispensaries throughout New York State” between Sept. 4 and Nov. 1, the Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) said Tuesday in announcing the recall. The batch and lot number for the offending gummies is ZZ-23–07-13-0001, the… Read more.

All Natural Cannabis Pesticides Made from….Cannabis? – CBDA and CBGA Could Repel Bugs Says Cornell Study

December 11, 2023 ·

A recent study conducted by researchers at Cornell University revealed the potential use of cannabinoids from hemp as a foundation for natural pesticides. Published in the October issue of Horticulture Research, the research, led by Larry Smart, a plant breeder and professor at Cornell's AgriTech’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, demonstrated that higher concentrations of cannabinoids in hemp leaves correlated with reduced damage from pests. Funded by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets through Empire State Development, the study focused on… Read more.

Cannabis MSOs get OK to enter New York adult-use market Dec. 29

December 9, 2023 · MJ Biz Daily

Cannabis multistate operators with medical marijuana licenses in New York received the green light from state regulators Friday to enter the adult-use market on Dec. 29, exactly one year after the state launched recreational sales. The Cannabis Control Board’s approval had been anticipated for months, but the decision marks a controversial milestone in the rollout of the state’s recreational marijuana market. It follows the New York State Supreme Court’s Dec. 1 decision to lift an injunction that had prevented regulators from handing out… Read more.

Hemp Cannabinoids Could Be Source of New Pesticides

December 7, 2023 · High Times

Recent research into the potential uses of hemp shows that cannabinoids produced by the plant could one day be the source of new natural pesticides, according to researchers at Cornell University in New York. The study by scientists at the School of Integrative Plant Science at Cornell AgriTech’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) found that a higher concentration of cannabinoids in the leaves of hemp plants showed less damage from chewing insects compared with leaves less rich in… Read more.

New York Judge Lifts Injunction on Cannabis Industry Licensing

December 6, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

A New York judge on Friday signed off on a settlement between the state Cannabis Control Board (CCB) and four military veterans who had sued the state over its social equity licensing plan, ending the months-long injunction on cannabis industry licensing in the state, Spectrum News reports. Under the terms of the settlement, the veterans will receive dispensary licenses and the Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) will not approve other dispensaries near their planned locations.  The CCB approved the settlement last Monday, but it… Read more.

New York Governor Signs Cannabis Banking Compliance Bill

December 1, 2023 · cannabis-now

New York Governor Kathy Hochul recently signed a bill designed to facilitate banking compliance between licensed cannabis businesses and financial institutions. The measure, Senate Bill S1047, was sponsored by Senator Jeremy Cooney and Assemblymember Crystal Peoples-Stokes, both Democrats. Hochul signed the bill on November 17, more than five months after the New York state legislature passed the measure during the summer. “Big News!” Cooney wrote on X after the Democratic governor signed the measure into law. “This bill is an important first… Read more.

New York Cannabis Regulators Reach Settlement in Lawsuit Blocking Dispensary Openings

November 29, 2023 · High Times

New York’s cannabis regulatory agency on Monday announced that it has reached a settlement in two lawsuits that have been blocking the opening of retail weed dispensaries for months. The settlement sets the stage for more than 400 Conditional Adult-Use Retail Dispensary (CAURD) licensees to finally open their businesses after months of waiting for the lawsuit to be resolved. The lawsuits against New York’s Cannabis Control Board (CCB) are challenging the agency’s process for awarding licenses for the state’s first… Read more.

New York Marijuana Regulators Approve Settlement Agreements To End Months-Long Business Licensing Blockade

November 28, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

New York marijuana regulators have approved settlement agreements that could soon allow hundreds of cannabis businesses that have been blocked from opening amid litigation to finally begin operations. At a meeting of the Cannabis Control Board (CCB) on Monday, members accepted the terms of settlement for two lawsuits, though they declined to disclose details. The agreements must still be formally accepted by the state Supreme Court before the injunction is lifted. One of the lawsuits that would be resolved under the settlement—Carmine… Read more.

New York Officials Advise Drug Treatment Providers To Stop Testing Patients For Marijuana In Most Cases

November 15, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

New state guidance for addiction services and treatment programs in New York advises against routine screening for marijuana use, an approach designed to parallel that used for alcohol. Some clinicians see the change, which is being implemented following the state’s legalization of cannabis, as a step away from an abstinence-only view of recovery and toward a more flexible approach aimed at minimizing harm. “With the legalization of adult-use cannabis in NYS, testing for the metabolite of THC routinely is not… Read more.

Women of Influence: Allison Krongard & Laura Eisman

November 13, 2023 · Cannabis Now

The co-founders of Her Highness, a luxurious line of couture cannabis products formulated to address women’s pain and pleasure points, Allison Krongard and Laura Eisman, sell THC pre-rolls, edibles, vapes and CBD concoctions. Her Highness also offers several covetable smoking accessories, including gold-plated grinders and lighters.  Both women have backgrounds in female-centered and innovative businesses. In 1998, Eisman founded Girlshop.com, an e-commerce site that expanded to a physical store in Manhattan’s red-hot Meatpacking District before selling to a competitor in… Read more.

New York Bill Would Outlaw Some Cannabis Billboard Advertisements

November 7, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

A bill in New York seeks to outlaw some roadside billboards for cannabis advertising and would impose fines of up to $2,500 for violations. According to the Justification linked to the proposal, Assemblyman Scott Gray (R) introduced the measure after seeing a billboard in his district that resembled the famous “Got Milk?” advertising campaign popular during the 1990s. In the Justification, Gray writes that the Got Milk campaign was directed at teenagers and the “Got Weed?” billboard is aimed at that same demographic.  … Read more.

Jason Wild Unleashed

November 7, 2023 · MG Magazine

In challenging times, people often turn to iconoclasts to blaze new trails. While the industry is at a difficult crossroads, there are few figures charting a bolder or clearer path forward than Jason Wild. The outspoken New Yorker is the executive chairman of TerrAscend, one of the cannabis industry’s first publicly traded companies. He also has been among the industry’s most active — and vocal— investors and entrepreneurs, consistently leading rounds and blazing paths for others to follow. Like many natural… Read more.

Cannabis showcases are ‘a lifeline’ for New York farmers grappling with glut

November 1, 2023 · MJ Biz Daily

New York state’s unique Cannabis Growers Showcase program (CGS) has helped ease the burden of unsold marijuana worth hundreds of millions of dollars amid a dearth of adult-use retailers, according to local growers. Cultivators and brand representatives want the showcases to be allowed to continue after the Jan. 1, 2024, expiration date, particularly with forthcoming competition from the state’s large medical cannabis companies. The showcases, which range from farmers market-like setups to more conventional retail experiences, were designed to help… Read more.

New York Cannabis Office Releases Fact Sheet To Battle Misinformation About Weed, Fentanyl

October 25, 2023 · High Times

The New York Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) published a two-page report entitled “Cannabis and Fentanyl: Facts and Unknowns” to demystify the facts and myths of the two substances, specifically that of fentanyl contaminating cannabis. “The goal of this fact sheet is to provide evidence where it is available, to share information about what is currently known and unknown, and to provide safety tips to help alleviate some of these misconceptions, often spread through misinformed media coverage and anecdotal reporting,”… Read more.

Harlem’s First Dispensary Opens to Customers

October 20, 2023 · High Times

After months of controversy and legal disputes, the first legal cannabis dispensary in Harlem opened its doors to customers on Wednesday.  Gotham Buds celebrated its grand opening on West 125th Street in Manhattan –– just across the street from the historic Apollo Theater.  According to CBS New York, the store is the “the 26th conditional adult-use retail dispensary to open in New York State,” as well as the first state-licensed dispensary to open in the iconic neighborhood with a rich history of… Read more.

Despite State Injunction, Terp Bros Opens Legal Pot Shop in Queens

October 19, 2023 · CelebStoner

The second legal adult-use cannabis store in Queens, NY opens today. Terp Bros is located at 36-10 Ditmars Blvd. in the hip Astoria neighborhood. Terp Bros at 36-10 Ditmars Blvd. in the Astoria section of Queens, NY (CelebStoner photo) CelebStoner visited Terp Bros for their advanced VIP reception on October 16. Locals lined up to buy legal cannabis products throughout the day. A staff of 10 served the customers. Terp Bros has been waiting to open since August when an injunction stopped… Read more.

After Smelling Legal Marijuana In New York, Colombian President Denounces ‘Enormous Hypocrisy’ Of U.S.-Led Drug War

October 17, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

Unveiling Colombia’s new national drug policy recently, President Gustavo Petro recalled smelling the odor of marijuana wafting through the streets of New York City during a recent visit to the U.S., remarking on the “enormous hypocrisy” of legal cannabis sales now taking place in the nation that launched the global drug war decades ago. “Marijuana is sold today in Times Square,” Petro said, according to a translation of his speech. “It smelled on all the streets, all the way around… Read more.

Women of Influence: Gov. Kathy Hochul

October 16, 2023 · Cannabis Now

The first female governor of New York state, Gov. Kathy Hochul worked her way up from local politics in Upstate’s Erie County before serving as a member of Congress, becoming lieutenant governor in 2021. Gov. Hochul is now building on New York’s historic Marijuana Taxation & Regulation Act (MRTA)—signed in 2021 by then-governor Andrew Cuomo— including measures for restorative justice, overseeing the implementation of the Social Equity Cannabis Investment Fund which prioritizes licenses for nonprofits and the communities most impacted… Read more.

Drug Dealer Connected to Michael K. Williams Death Sentenced to Five Years in Prison

October 12, 2023 · High Times

A convicted fentanyl dealer and member of a New York City drug ring blamed for the overdose death of actor Michael K Williams has been sentenced to five years in federal prison.  According to an article by the Associated Press, Luis Cruz was one member of a four-man team convicted of selling fentanyl-laced heroin to Williams, who played Omar Little on HBO’s The Wire as well as other roles throughout his career. Williams overdosed in his Brooklyn apartment in September of 2021 after… Read more.

New York Bill Would Ban Cannabis Smoking and Vaping Within 30ft of Children

October 11, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

A bill introduced in New York seeks to prohibit smoking or vaping cannabis within 30 feet of a child or 30 feet of any location in which children reside or attend for any recreational or educational purpose. The legislation, introduced by Democratic Assemblymembers Phil Steck and Marianne Buttenschon, would impose a $25 fine and no more than 20 hours of community service for a first offense, rising to a class B misdemeanor for subsequent violations.  In a statement posted to Facebook, Steck said… Read more.

New York Judge Approves Two Cannabis Retailers To Open

October 10, 2023 · High Times

A New York Judge recently issued a court order that allows just two cannabis retailers to open for business, while hundreds of others are put on hold. On Oct. 6, Judge Kevin Bryant permitted Manhattan-based ConBud LLC and Queens-based Kush Culture LLC (also known as Terp Bros) to be exempt from the current hold on cannabis business operations. Bryant initially issued the injunction in August, which prevents retail cannabis licensees from opening. Currently, more than 400 conditional adult-use retail dispensary licensees… Read more.

New York Judge Permits Three More Cannabis Shops to Open Under Injunction

October 9, 2023 · Green Market Report

New York state Judge Kevin Bryant on Friday signed off on three new orders that will allow a trio of licensed cannabis retail shops to open in coming weeks, in addition to the two announced earlier that same day, according to court records. The three retailers that won permission from Bryant include: Air City Cannabis LLC, which is licensed for a retail shop in the Mohawk Valley Gotham Buds LLC, which is licensed for a retail shop in Manhattan North Country Roots… Read more.

General Cannabis Licensing Opens in New York

October 5, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

General cannabis licensing in New York opens today amid an injunction on its Conditional Adult-Use Retail licensing program imposed by a judge in August. The 60-day window includes licensing applications for cultivators, processors, distributors, retailers, and micro licenses. The window opens two days before the state Supreme Court is set to make a decision on the current injunction. Justice Kevin Bryan in August imposed the injunction on cannabis licenses in New York after finding that the state had not followed its own rules with… Read more.

New York opening license application window for marijuana business licenses

October 4, 2023 · MJ Biz Daily

New York regulators on Wednesday will launch an application window for several types of marijuana business licenses, with a priority on social and economic equity (SEE) applicants. SEE applicants include those “from communities disproportionately impacted by the enforcement of past prohibition, minority- and women-owned businesses, distressed farmers, and service-disabled veterans,” according to the state’s Office of Cannabis Management (OCM). The OCM plans to issue as many as 1,500 licenses for cultivation, retail, processing and microbusinesses. The vast majority – between 500 and 1,000 –… Read more.

Selling to Minors, Pre-Paid Debit Cards, Shipping to All States – Ilegal Cannabis Shops Are Booming Online

October 2, 2023 · Cannabis.net

In recent years, the rise of online cannabis dispensaries, particularly in states where cannabis is legal for medical and recreational use, has been remarkable. The New York Times looked at how this surge in online dispensaries has revolutionized the cannabis industry, providing numerous benefits. Nevertheless, the expanding legalization of cannabis in the United States has widened the marijuana market, raising concerns about potential accessibility to minors. Benefits of Online Cannabis Shops First and foremost, online dispensaries provide customers with the convenience of shopping from… Read more.

Dunkin’ Takes E-Cigarette Maker to Court Over Branding

September 27, 2023 · Green Market Report

Dunkin’ Brands Group Inc., parent company of Dunkin’ Donuts, has sued an e-cigarette maker in New York federal court over trademark violations and more. The lawsuit contends that Singh Handicraft Corp.’s branding for its e-cigarettes is strikingly similar to Dunkin’s distinctive design. Specifically, the disposable vaporizers, shaped like an iced coffee cup and a glazed doughnut, display a logo that mirrors Dunkin’s signature orange and pink color palette and rounded font. According to court documents, “Defendants have merely replaced the term ‘Vapin” for Dunkin’ in… Read more.

Amy Sedaris Christens New Union Square Travel Agency Cannabis Store

September 27, 2023 · CelebStoner

Union Square Travel Agency stands out among the first wave of equity and nonprofit retail licensees in New York. The third Manhattan adult-use cannabis dispensary opened at 62 E. 12 St. in February and now has expanded into larger digs around the corner at 835 Broadway. A line extended around that corner on Tuesday night drawn by the new location, and a chance to shop and see actress and comedian Amy Sedaris who hung out behind the counter for a lengthy meet… Read more.

New York’s Chaotic Cannabis Launch Is a Cluster Bomb for Licensees

September 21, 2023 · Green Market Report

While the New York Office of Cannabis Management and the Cannabis Control Board are the direct targets of numerous lawsuits, licensees feel as if they are collateral damage. Retail operators that received licenses in the first round and managed to open fairly quickly are untouched. But the groups and individuals who got licenses later are now in cannabis purgatory. These unlucky licensees are stuck on the sidelines anxiously waiting on the courts to decide if they will get a pass… Read more.

New York Battling Judge Over Exemptions to Cannabis Retail License Pause

September 18, 2023 · Green Market Report

New York marijuana regulators have spent nearly the past month trying to convince a state judge to allow a handful of conditional adult use retail dispensary (CAURD) licensees to open for business, but as of Friday, nothing the state tried had yet worked, which leaves the Empire State with just 23 operational legal cannabis shops for the foreseeable future. When Judge Kevin Bryant handed down a preliminary injunction last month that froze all retail permitting, he also tried to be flexible with… Read more.

Growers, Retailers Walk the Tightrope of New York Cannabis Rules

September 14, 2023 ·

Profitable enterprises take time to build – but it continues to run thin in one of the industry’s most promising cannabis markets. That sentiment underscored many of the conversations that took place at Green Market Report’s first New York Summit on Sept. 13 in the heart of the Big Apple. Operators and investors large and small traded advice and stories of power, money, and property within the context of a market brimming with opportunity, but one that is also showing signs of… Read more.

New York Senate Marijuana Committee Schedules Hearing To Address Challenges For Legalization Rollout

September 8, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

The chair of a New York Senate cannabis committee says his panel will hold its first public hearing next month to try and identify legislative solutions to the state’s ongoing marijuana legalization implementation problems by bringing regulators, lawmakers, stakeholders and advocates together for a “fair and productive” policy discussion. Sen. Jeremy Cooney (D), who was appointed to lead the Senate’s first-ever cannabis panel earlier this year, announced the October 30 hearing during a press conference on Thursday. He said that the purpose… Read more.

‘Like Snoop Dogg’s living room’: Smell of pot wafts over notorious U.S. Open court

August 31, 2023 · Yahoo!News

It’s become a stink at the U.S. Open: a pungent marijuana smell that wafted over an outer court, clouded the concentration of one of the world’s top players and left the impression there’s no place left to escape the unofficial scent of the city. While the exact source of the smell remained a mystery Tuesday, one thing was clear: Court 17, where eighth-seeded Maria Sakkari complained about an overwhelming whiff of pot during her first-round loss, has become notorious among… Read more.

New York Judge Lifts Injunction for 30 Cannabis Licenses But About 400 Remain in Limbo

August 29, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

A New York judge on Friday partly lifted the injunction imposed against state regulators issuing new cannabis licenses, WTEN reports. The ruling by Supreme Court Justice Kevin Bryant affects just 30 licenses that were deemed by the Cannabis Control Board as “ready to be open.”  The decision still leaves about 400 licenses in limbo.  In a statement following Bryant’s decision, the New York Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) called the ruling “a disappointment” but that the agency is “committed to working with the Cannabis… Read more.

New York court keeps order blocking new adult-use cannabis retail licenses

August 26, 2023 · MJ Biz Daily

The court order blocking new entries into New York’s struggling adult-use cannabis market remained in force after a Friday hearing in Ulster County Supreme Court – despite a new appeal filed by the state attorney general to lift the stay. However, 30 applicants who filed for their permits in time might be able to open for business. Several hundred more would-be recreational marijuana entrepreneurs, including both small businesses and major multistate marijuana operators, must wait at least a few more… Read more.

Marijuana Farmers Market Opens Alongside New York State Fair

August 24, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

The New York State Fair kicked off on Wednesday, and for the first time ever, attendees have the chance to browse—and buy—marijuana products from nearly a dozen local growers at a cannabis farmers market being held in conjunction with the event. The so-called Great New York State Cannabis Showcase technically isn’t part of the state fair, but the pop-up exhibition and market will run concurrently from August 23 through September 3. It’s located less than a mile from the fairgrounds… Read more.

New York Judge Extends Injunction Against Processing and Licensing New Cannabis Retailers

August 22, 2023 ·

A New York judge on Friday ruled that the state Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) cannot process or approve any pending Conditional Adult-Use Retail Dispensary (CAURD) licenses pending the outcome of a hearing this week, Spectrum News reports. The injunction was first imposed on August 7 and applies to all licenses new or pending on that date. The lawsuit, filed by service-disabled military veterans, argues that OCM created a licensing system that runs afoul of the state’s adult-use cannabis law and improperly limits initial licenses to… Read more.

New York Marijuana Retail Licensing Pause Extended at Least Two Weeks

August 12, 2023 · Green Market Report

The temporary restraining order that halted further cannabis retail licensing in New York was extended by at least two weeks by a state judge on Friday, in a case that has hundreds of conditional permitholders wondering what will come next for them. The ruling that paused licensing was initially handed down on Monday, after four service-disabled military veterans filed suit against the state Office of Cannabis Management and the Cannabis Control Board, alleging that regulators had wrongly skipped their demographic during the conditional adult… Read more.

Chicago Atlantic Sees Decline In Income, But Reaffirms 2023 Outlook

August 9, 2023 · Green Market Report

Chicago Atlantic Real Estate Finance, Inc. (NASDAQ: REFI) announced its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2023. The commercial mortgage real estate investment trust reported that its net interest income fell 8.3% sequentially to approximately $13.7 million. However, this was an increase over last year’s net income of $11.8 million for the same time period. The company attributed the drop to the impact of the timing of early principal repayments and the lower average principal outstanding during the quarter. Chicago… Read more.

New York consumes more cannabis than any other city in the world

August 1, 2023 · San Antonio Current

New York tops a lot of lists — including the list of biggest cannabis-consuming cities. The new 2023 Cannabis Global Price Index, compiled by health-information firm CFAH, ranks global metros by their annual weed intake, and the Big Apple apparently knows how to get its toke on. New Yorkers, ahem, jointly consume 62.3 metric tons — or about 137,000 pounds — of the devil's lettuce every year. That puts Gotham ahead of Sydney, Australia; Los Angeles;  Chicago; and Rome, Italy, which make up the Top 5… Read more.

Cresco and Columbia Care call off $2 billion cannabis megamerger; Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs deal also scratched

August 1, 2023 · Yahoo!Finance

Chicago-based Cresco Labs and Columbia Care called off their $2 billion cannabis megamerger Monday, citing “evolving” market conditions that include falling stock prices, tightening credit and flattening industry sales. The companies also scratched the $185 million sale of cannabis facilities in Illinois, New York and Massachusetts to rapper/producer Sean “Diddy” Combs, which were part of required antitrust divestitures for the merger. “In light of the evolving landscape in the cannabis industry, we believe the decision to terminate the planned transaction… Read more.

New York’s First Recreational Marijuana Shop Sold $12 Million in Six Months

July 31, 2023 · Green Market Report

Housing Works' retail manager says the company has been operating in the black since opening its doors. Housing Works, the first legal adult-use marijuana shop to open for business in New York, announced Monday that it sold $12 million in cannabis in its first six months of operations. It opened its doors just two days before New Year’s Eve. The nonprofit retailer – which devotes all of its proceeds to helping underprivileged members of the community – has managed to average… Read more.

Smacked Dispensary Reopening After Million-Dollar Renovation

July 29, 2023 · Green Market Report

New York social justice cannabis applicant Roland Connor opened his Manhattan dispensary in the Village to great fanfare at the beginning of the year. However, it was only a temporary store. Nine weeks ago, the dispensary shut down for a total renovation that cost $1.4 million and was constructed by Temeka. Smacked is expected to officially reopen in two weeks. Among the developments for the newly renovated store is the consumption lounge that is planned to take up residence in… Read more.

Should Cannabis Consumption Be Banned in Public Like Drinking Alcohol? – NY Senator Says Yes, Including Eating an Edible!

July 28, 2023 · Cannabis.net

In July 2023, New York State Senator George Borello (R) introduced a measure to ban cannabis smoking and consumption in public places, except for locations with special authorization. Senator George Borrello (R) has served New York State Senate District 57 since November 26, 2019. His political career, however, began much earlier, as a Chautauqua County Legislator, where he faithfully served from 2010 until 2017. Following that, he served as County Executive for Chautauqua County, New York, from 2018 to 2019, refining his… Read more.

Leafly Sued by Photographer for Using Tupac, Snoop Dogg Photos

July 24, 2023 · Green Market Report

The photographer is asking for legal fees and damages - to be determined by the court - to be covered. The online dispensary locator app Leafly (OTC: LFLY) is in hot water for using a photographer’s images of rappers Tupac Shakur and Snoop Dogg. Photographer T. Eric Monroe, whose work has been featured in publications such as Thrasher and XXL Magazine, claims Leafly Holdings unlawfully published and displayed Monroe’s original photography on its website leafly.com. In addition to helping consumers locate dispensaries, Leafly offers… Read more.

New York Approves Plans to Allow Cannabis ‘Showcases’ & Sales at Public Events

July 22, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

New York cannabis regulators on Wednesday voted to approve a “cannabis showcase” program that would allow growers to sell products to the public at events, NBC 5 reports. The Cannabis Showcase will allow growers to partner with adult-use cannabis retailers and processors to organize events for showcasing New York products.  The showcases must include a minimum of three licensed cultivators, partnering with a licensed adult-use dispensary to sell licensed and tested cannabis products to customers. The events are only allowed in municipalities that allow for retail cannabis sales and… Read more.

New York Is Now Accepting Applications For Marijuana Farmers Markets

July 22, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

New York regulators are now officially accepting applications for marijuana businesses interested in organizing cannabis farmers markets in the state. Just two days after the Cannabis Control Board voted to authorize what they’re calling Cannabis Growers Showcases (CGS), regulators opened the applications and posted guidance and templates for municipal approval for the events. “A CGS can take place in various locations, including standalone, temporary retail locations; licensed retail dispensary locations; licensed conditional cultivator or processor locations; or other approved event locations,” the… Read more.

Women Grow President Gia Morón Steps Down

July 21, 2023 · Green Market Report

Morón's tenure has brought a generation of women entrepreneurs to the fold. Gia Morón, president of Women Grow, a professional network for women in the cannabis industry, is set to depart from the organization, effective July 31. Morón is stepping down to devote more energy to her business ventures, according to a release Thursday. The company’s board chairwoman and CEO, Dr. Chanda Macias, will maintain her leadership role. “Gia Morón was fundamental and instrumental to the growth and success of so many… Read more.

New York Regulators Vote To Allow Marijuana Farmers Markets, While Nearly Doubling The Number Of Provisional Retailer Licenses

July 20, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

New York marijuana regulators have approved a resolution to authorize cannabis farmers markets where growers could sell their supplies while helping to meet consumer demand as the state works to open additional retail dispensaries. The state Cannabis Control Board (CCB) passed the measure on Wednesday, along with separate resolutions focused on nearly doubling the number of approved conditional retailer licenses, enacting regulations for marijuana research, banning the sale of synthetic cannabinoids like delta-8 THC and other issues. The authorization of… Read more.

New York City Seeks Private Lenders For New Marijuana Fund To Promote Industry Equity

July 18, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

New York City officials have announced they’re seeking lenders to support a marijuana equity fund that will promote participation in the industry by people who’ve been disproportionately impacted by criminalization. The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) posted a request for proposal (RFP) on Tuesday, soliciting lenders and an administrator for its Cannabis NYC Loan Fund, which will provide low-cost financing to social equity applicants looking to enter the marijuana market. Officials are aiming to raise $20-30 million for… Read more.

Empire Cannabis Club Co-Owner, Staff Arrested in NYC for ‘Obstruction’

July 15, 2023 · Cannabis Now

State tax agents backed up by New York City cops arrived at two Manhattan outlets of the Empire Cannabis Clubs on July 11, seizing a large amount of product at one location and making arrests at both. But the arrests were just for “obstruction” of the raids, which were themselves carried out without warrants. This represents a first move toward legal action against Empire Cannabis Clubs, the most professional and high-profile of the city’s membership-based dispensaries.  Empire Cannabis insists they are… Read more.

New York Takes a Bite Out of Illicit Cannabis Sales

July 13, 2023 · MG Magazine

New York Police Department officers and state tax agents raided several illicit dispensaries in Manhattan this week, following through on Governor Kathy Hochul’s promise to levy hefty fines and shut down unlicensed operators. The state’s latest crackdown focused on Empire Cannabis Club, a so-called concierge service with locations in Chelsea and the Lower East Side. Billing themselves as private clubs that provide dues-paying members with access to cannabis products, Empire’s five stores are among the most visible and flagrant licensure… Read more.

Edibles Consumers Desire High-Potency Product Packaging

July 11, 2023 · MG Magazine

Edibles are an invaluable segment of the cannabis industry. From classic THC-infused brownies to flavorful fruit-filled gems, edibles have captivated the imagination of medical patients and recreational consumers across all walks of life. In sports, former heavyweight foes Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson transformed into friendly business partners through the development of their commemorative edibles offerings. In music, global superstar Calvin “Snoop Dogg” Broadus has turned his love for the plant into a vibrant collection of cannabis products, including fruit-flavored and savory… Read more.

The Illegal Cannabis ‘Whack-A-Mole’ Problem Finally Solved? – NYC to Go After Landlords That Rent to Illegal Weed Shops

July 11, 2023 · Cannabis.net

Lynn C. Schulman, a councilman for New York City, filed a measure in April 2023 that would make it illegal for landlords to lease to business tenants who are engaged in the unauthorised sale of cannabis. On Thursday, June 22, the bill was sent to and passed by the entire Council after being authorised by the Committee on Public Safety. The bill will now be delivered to Mayor Eric Adams' desk, having been given 30 days to sign it into law or… Read more.

New York Cannabis Farmers Markets in Limbo

July 10, 2023 · Green Market Report

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul’s office appears to have put an indefinite hold on an idea floated in May by state regulators for marijuana farmers markets, a plan popular with growers because it would have provided a safety valve for hundreds of pounds of unsold marijuana crops from 2022. The idea was first announced by the state Office of Cannabis Management almost two months ago, at which point OCM staff said they were hoping to have some farmers markets operational by… Read more.

Week in Review: NBA, Players Agree to Terms Involving Cannabis

July 9, 2023 ·

In this week’s cannabis news round-up, NBA and the NBPA reach a ground-breaking agreement on cannabis policies; Maryland reports more than $10 million in cannabis sales during the state’s opening weekend of adult use market; New York secures $150 million for cannabis social equity investment fund and the only licensed hemp farm in the British Isles closes after UK government dispute. NBA and Players Union Reach Ground-breaking Agreement on Cannabis Policies This week, the NBA and National Basketball Players Association… Read more.

Investor for $200 million New York cannabis fund finally found

July 4, 2023 · MJ Biz Daily

New York has finally secured an investor to help fully fund the $200 million in startup capital promised to social-equity marijuana entrepreneurs to open “turnkey” dispensaries, Gov. Kathy Hochul has announced. Chicago Atlantic Admin, a publicly traded, Illinois-based investment firm that’s funded marijuana businesses across the country, has agreed to invest “up to $150 million” in the New York State Cannabis Social Equity Investment fund, Hochul said in a news release issued Friday. The state itself has agreed to pony up $50 million to… Read more.

Marijuana megamerger between Cresco, Columbia Care still up in the air

July 1, 2023 · MJ Biz Daily

The large-scale merger of marijuana multistate operators Cresco Labs and Columbia Care is in question after the companies failed to divest assets necessary for regulatory approvals by the June 30 deadline. It’s not clear if the companies are still working toward completing the transaction or if they will abandon it. “At this stage, Cresco and Columbia Care are working amicably with respect to the next steps in relation to the transaction and will provide further updates in the near future,” the companies… Read more.

Chicago Atlantic Commits $150 Million to New York Social Equity Fund

June 30, 2023 · Green Market Report

A $200 million fund to support social equity marijuana retailers is now certain to be fully funded, following a new $150 million investment deal with Chicago Atlantic, Gov. Kathy Hochul’s office announced Friday. Chicago Atlantic Admin LLC committed up to $150 million in senior secured capital for the Social Equity Cannabis Investment Fund, which will be used on a rolling basis to lease dispensary space for qualified cannabis retail locations. The funding deal delivers on a pledge made by Hochul in March 2022 to… Read more.

New York Cannabis Revels In Community

June 26, 2023 · Green Market Report

On the Revel hosted a New York cannabis community event on June 22 bringing together licensed operators. New York cannabis producers were able to display their businesses as potential buyers shopped around for dispensary products. Roughly 800 people attended the event held in Hudson, New York. Despite the trouble in the New York market, the mood was celebratory and optimistic. https://www.youtube.com/embed/9XxoXMNQjxQ Read more.

NY Gov. Hochul Shuts Down Illicit Cannabis Shops, Pace Of New Stores Is ‘Frustrating’

June 24, 2023 · Investing.com

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul has taken decisive action against unlicensed cannabis shops, announcing the temporary closure of over two dozen businesses. While acknowledging the sluggish pace of licensed dispensary openings, Gov. Hochul reassured the public that there are currently 15 licensed shops operating, with two more expected to open by September, per CBS News. However, "I'm not satisfied with the pace," Hochul said. "It is frustrating for those who have been anticipating the opportunity to open businesses, and we had to… Read more.

Steve Cohen Donates $5M for MDMA’s Push to Go Mainstream

June 24, 2023 · Green Market Report

A significant player in the psychedelics industry has received a $5 million infusion from hedge-fund billionaire and New York Mets owner Steve Cohen and his wife, deepening the couple’s efforts to bring mind-altering therapies into the mainstream. The Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation is donating the funds to MAPS, or the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelics Studies, a nonprofit that has pushed for more research on psychedelic drugs since 1986. The organization is engaged in a financially-intensive push to get the… Read more.

On Juneteenth, Two Black Industry Leaders Say Social Equity Falls Short

June 19, 2023 · Green Market Report

Programs must address systemic inequities that exist across the board. In the run-up to the national Juneteenth holiday, which marks the date in 1865 when Black Americans in Texas learned they’d been freed by the Emancipation Proclamation, Green Market Report reached out to a pair of Black women cannabis industry leaders to get their thoughts on how far the marijuana industry has yet to go on racial equity. The answer was simple: It’s so far that it’s hard to even put into… Read more.