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State grants first round of hemp growing licenses

The state this week approved the first 52 hemp growing licenses under the marijuana legalization law.

The Ithaca Journal reports the granting of the licenses will allow growers to plant this spring and harvest their first crops in the fall. State officials have said initial sales could begin by the end of the year under a program providing the first licenses to people affected by marijuana-related convictions. Regulations for the entire adult-use market are expected this summer.

In a news release, Governor Kathy Hochul said “New York’s farms have been the backbone of our state’s economy since before the American Revolution, and now, New York’s farms will be at the center of the most equitable cannabis industry in the nation.”

In our area, licenses were granted to the following businesses:

  • Canadice Farm LLC, Ontario County
  • Grateful Valley Farm, LLC, Steuben County
  • Enfield Glen Hopyard LLC, Tompkins County
  • Honest Pharmco Inc., Wayne County
  • Timothy G. Hunter, Wayne County