Cannabis association president on the state of the industry

Harlem will be soon be home to the state’s first legal adult-use recreational marijuana dispensary, according to state officials. 

Two months ago, Gov. Kathy Hochul said 20 legal dispensaries would be open by the end of the year, a goal that seems unlikely to be hit.

Meanwhile, marijuana growers and the more than 900 people who applied for the state’s first batch of licenses are concerned that a federal ruling blocking retail licenses in certain areas around the state, could delay the industry’s kickoff even more. 

And it all comes as unlicensed cannabis shops have sprouted around the five boroughs. 

Allan Gandelman, the president of the Cannabis Association of New York, joined Errol Louis on “Inside City Hall” Thursday to discuss where the state’s cannabis industry stands.

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