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New York Issues First Adult-use Cultivation Licenses
On Thursday, April 14th, The New York Cannabis Control Board approved 52 licenses adult-use cannabis cultivation licenses, reports ABC News. In accordance with the state’s Seeding Opportunity Initiative, the conditional license will go to already existing hemp farms. One of those farms is Ananda Farms, a veteran-owned business. According to an announcement Gov. Kathy Hochul’s office, Hochul explains that she’s proud to get the adult-use industry up and running. “New York’s farms have been the backbone of our state’s economy since before the American Revolution,” she added. “[Now], New York’s farms will be at the center of the most equitable cannabis industry in the nation.”
Recreational Cannabis Sales Will Kick off Next Week in New Jersey
Starting on April 21st, New Jerseyans will be able to purchase adult-use cannabis from medical cannabis outlets throughout the state. This comes roughly a year and a half after voters approved recreational cannabis. According to The New York Times, “on Monday [April 11th], 13 medical-marijuana dispensaries got the go-ahead to sell their products to all adults, but not all are expected to be ready to open April 21.” The dispensaries, which the state’s Cannabis Regulatory Commission approved, agreed to protect access for medical patients, reports CBS News, including reserving parking spots. “There are about 130,000 medical marijuana patients in the state, with an estimated roughly 800,000 potential recreational consumers, and fewer than 800,000 estimated “tourism” consumers, according to the commission.” Among the influx of customers expected are off-duty police officers. As Marijuana Moment explains, the state’s Attorney General said officials cannot penalize off-duty for cannabis use.
Spanish Officials Bust Europe’s Biggest Cannabis Farm
This week, police destroyed one of Europe’s biggest cannabis farms. The farm was located in Spain. According to Reuters, “Spanish authorities have destroyed 415,000 hemp plants worth up to 100 million euros ($108 million) […].” The publication adds, “located in the rural northern region of Navarre, the plantation was spread across 11 fields with a combined area of 67 hectares (166 acres).” While Spain, and many other European countries, allow hemp cultivation for industrial purposes, the country does not allow it for CBD production. However, as Sky News further reports, officials believed the farm exported the plants for use for CBD products.