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New York State Cannabis Control Board Approves Farmers to Partner with Licensed Retailers to Sell at Farmers Markets and Other Events

new york — popup legal pot Sales will take place at trade fairs, festivals and other venues in New York State.

On Wednesday, the state’s Cannabis Control Board approved a plan to allow sales at special events to help farmers struggling with leftovers. marijuana.

“We are hopeless. We pay our taxes from the yin and yang of our farmland,” one woman said at a rally.

She pleaded for help moving the unsold pots.

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last month, CBS New York went to Hepworth Farms in Ulster Countyone of more than 100 pot farms in New York City that leaves a large amount of unsold product because so few retailers have opened retail stores under a complex state permit system.

But Wednesday brought some good news for growers.

meeting at Haremthe Cannabis Control Board approved the so-called “Cannabis Grower Showcase Initiative,” which allows farmers to partner with licensed retailers to sell cannabis at events, including farmers markets.

“These could include festivals and trade fairs, unless (1) they have the approval of the local government in which they will be held, and (2) they take place where it is reasonably possible that the primary audience will be minors,” said John Kagia, director of state cannabis policy.

Hugiosbury Rivas, of the Long Island Cannabis Coalition, said, “At least on Long Island, we’ve been thinking about the kind of spaces that are available, like these wineries. There are people and places that work with us, and we keep in touch.”

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The board will release applications this week and the first event will be held in August.

Among other actions, the authorities approved another 200 license applications. Dozens more could be added to the 20 retail stores opening in New York by the end of the year.

The commission also extended emergency restrictions for 120 days, allowing authorities to crack down on illegal cannabis shops operating across the city.

Investigators seized $11 million worth of merchandise from the first 25 targeted stores.

They keep out illegal competition, which is seen as key to helping licensed retailers thrive.

The Cannabis Control Board says demand is strong at licensed retailers. Sales increased 49% from May to June as additional stores opened.

https://www.cbsnews.com/newyork/news/nys-cannabis-control-board-considering-212-additional-retail-licenses/ New York State Cannabis Control Board Approves Farmers to Partner with Licensed Retailers to Sell at Farmers Markets and Other Events

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