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Last week, Gov. Kathy Hochul and state regulators announced that they expected to open 12 new dispensaries by the end of the year. This will be a significant increase in the number of legal cannabis shops available, as the state has only licensed 34 retailers since legalization started.

“These new dispensaries continue our mission of strengthening our legal market while at the same time helping to push out the bad actors who skirt our laws and undermine all we are trying to accomplish,” Gov. Hochul stated in a press release.

That same week, the New York State Office of Cannabis Management announced the opening of several dispensaries across the state. Here are a few within just a short distance of the Finger Lakes Region.

Amsterdam Cannabis, 1451 State Highway 5S in Amsterdam, opened on December 9.

420 Bliss, 740 Hoosick St. in Troy, opened on December 7.

Capital District Cannabis and Wellness, 997 Central Ave., Suite 200 in Albany, opened on December 8.

MJ Dispensary, 900 Jefferson Rd., Suite 902 in Henrietta, opened on December 12.

Premier Earth Corp, 1297 Hertel Ave. in Buffalo, opened on December 13.


The SUNY Cannabis Conference is coming up! The two-day event, held at Niagara County Community College, will cover culinary uses of cannabis, opportunities in the state cannabis industry and more.

The conference kicks off on Monday, January 8 with a half-day program on the culinary uses of cannabis. The event, located at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, will include a CBD-infused lunch and light dinner. The day includes the first-ever, nationally sanctioned American Culinary Federation culinary cannabis competition.

On Tuesday, January 9, the Niagara County Community College will host a full-day program on the latest research, technology and opportunities in the NYS cannabis industry. The focus will include presentations by internationally-renowned medical cannabis, cannabis genetics, restorative agriculture, processing technology and policy experts. The day includes a gourmet continental breakfast, lunch, a culinary demonstration and a vendor hall.

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