A new type of farmers market could be coming this summer: One that sells legally grown pot.
As licensed marijuana cultivators and retailers work their way through the unexpectedly slow and complicated process of getting brick-and-mortar dispensaries open, they will be able to join forces to sell their products at legal cannabis farmers markets this summer, according to the Office of Cannabis Management.
John Kagia, OCM Director of Policy, announced the plan at a town hall meeting with the Cannabis Association of New York last week. .
The cannabis farmers markets would be a way to help marijuana growers, who have been stung badly by the slow rollout of the legal pot marketplace across the state.
Many growers harvested crops last year expecting to sell their marijuana to store operators on the verge of opening. Instead, with only a handful of legal stores open statewide, and none in Western New York, the growers had a crop and no one to sell it to.
“It allows the growers to get to consumers who are going to be buying legal regulated products and it allows you to sell products more quickly across the state,” Kagia said.
The markets will provide a way for legal weed cultivators to move the glut of product they’ve had sitting in storage as they wait for licensed retail dispensaries to open. There are only 13 legal dispensaries up and running in the state.
“We spent a lot of time trying to figure out a way in which we can get the biomass that you have produced into consumers’ hands,” he said.