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New York Bill To Relaunch Marijuana Farmers Markets Heads To Governor’s Desk

New York lawmakers have sent a bill to the governor that would make marijuana farmers markets a permanent feature of the state’s cannabis market.

The legislation from Sen. Michelle Hinchey (D) and Assemblymember Donna Lupardo (D) would revive the cannabis growers showcase events that had been temporarily authorized but ended last year. It would authorize regulators to continue issuing permits for the farmers markets indefinitely.

In order to obtain a permit, a licensed marijuana retailer would need to partner with a grower or processor and also receive a secondary permit for each event they hold, which could last up to two weeks at a time.

“No cannabis showcase event permit shall authorize more than one cannabis showcase event at one time,” the bill says. “A licensee may participate in more than one cannabis showcase event so long as each cannabis showcase event has a corresponding separate cannabis showcase event permit.”

The measure, which was approved by the Senate and Assembly last week and is now heading to the desk of Gov. Kathy Hochul (D), further stipulates that the Cannabis Control Board (CCB) may “set reasonable fees for cannabis showcase event permits.” Those fees can be based on “the type of

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