Buy legal, buy local: Empire Hemp cultivating ‘dispensary popup’ – The Daily News Online

BATAVIA — For roughly the next four months, the “Batavia Cannabis Growers Showcase” or “Adult-Use Dispensary Popup” — whichever you want to call it — will take place at Empire Hemp Co., 204 E. Main St.

Empire Hemp CEO Chris Van Dusen and Chief Operating Officer Shelly Wolanske were both inside the store and out in front of it, greeting growers and anyone else who stopped by Tuesday afternoon on the first day of the event, which will continue Tuesdays through Saturdays , from 1-7 p.m., through the end of the year.

Aaron Vancamp of Dank Dispensary in Buffalo said this was the earliest possible date to kick off the showcase.

“We’re running all the payment processing and all the retail and inventory end of this,” he said.

The first legal sale of marijuana in Western New York took place July 17, he said.

Wolanske said this event is a partnership between Empire Hemp, Dank Dispensary and Greenside Cannabis. A flier for the showcase also mentions Flower City, Zizzle and Tarot Takes as partners.

“He (Vancamp) has a license, so he oversees it. He has a mini-dispensary inside the store,” Wolanske said. “There’s all local growers from all of Western New York. They’ll be changing

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