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Dope! State’s 1st marijuana growing licenses issued

Posted 4/22/22
New York approved 52 licenses that will allow hemp farmers to get a head start on growing marijuana for the state's upcoming adult market.

The state Cannabis Control Board last week approved the licenses under a recent law that allows hemp cultivators to grow marijuana for the legal recreational market for two years. Hemp is a type of cannabis plant with lower levels of THC, marijuana's active ingredient.

The granting of the licenses now means farmers will be able to take advantage of this year's growing season and harvest in October, said Allan Gandelman, a Cortland-based hemp grower and the president of the New York Cannabis Growers and Processors Association.

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