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What’s next for High Points? Owner talks uncertain future, hopes to reopen in coming weeks or months

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Daryl Hilkert isn’t sure how long his new Geneva business will be closed, but he hopes to be reopened in the coming months.

This week Hilkert announced on Facebook that High Points, a legal cannabis business operating at a former Bank along 5&20 in Geneva would be forced to close as its permit expired.

High Points was operating under a special ‘showcase’ permit option, which ultimately expires on Sunday (Dec. 31). However, he spoke with Finger Lakes News Radio on Friday, shedding more light on the situation.


Hilkert says the Office for Cannabis Management, the state entity that oversees New York’s legal cannabis industry, has been unresponsive. It has been dealing with legal-challenge after legal-challenge, so for his part, he hasn’t been entirely surprised.

That said, not receiving any real communication from the entity has left him feeling uncertain about when he’ll be able to reopen. Especially with the freshest series of suits from businesses outside of New York poised to take the challenge into 2024.

The special permit businesses like High Points was operating under were essentially a temporary option for the state, as they were unable to issue permanent licenses while those legal challenges were unfolding. Now, with new legal challenges to the state’s licenses process – the state would either have to extend those temporary permits, or find a way to navigate the legalities of it in short order so permanent licenses can be issued.

Listen to Hilkert’s entire conversation with Ted Baker on Finger Lakes News Radio below: