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Hochul approves bill to jumpstart New York’s cannabis industry

New York State Governor Kathy Hochul signed a bill into law on Tuesday, February 22 that gives hemp growers the opportunity to apply for a provisional license to grow cannabis.

The Conditional Cannabis Cultivation bill comes after adult-use of recreational marijuana was legalized in New York last year. It’s been signed into law at a critical moment, considering March is when hemp farmers must start preparing their crops.


“We understand it’s only going to be about 200 licenses that are eligible to apply for this license, which is a little bit unfortunate for some farmers who were looking forward to getting into the business,” says Jeremy Jimenez, Co-Founder of Honest Farm Co, according to WROC.

The NYS Office of Cannabis Management says they are working to rollout the applications for the provisional licenses this March.