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New York launches license application portal for hemp farmers

On Tuesday, March 15, New York State Governor Kathy Hochul announced the launch of a web-based portal for hemp farmers seeking a conditional license to grow adult-use cannabis.

The portal is for those looking to obtain an adult-use cannabis grow license for the 2022 growing season. The licenses are made possible by the Conditional Cannabis Cultivation bill, which Hochul signed into law last month.

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“New York is moving full speed ahead to create the most inclusive adult-use cannabis industry in the nation through our Seeding Opportunity Initiative,” said Hochul, according to a press release. “This initiative will create meaningful opportunities for economic empowerment for New York farmers and impacted communities. Now that our application portal is open, I encourage every eligible New York farmer to participate in the farm-to-sale pipeline that will create jobs and opportunity throughout the Empire State.”