Cannabis dispensaries for Ulster, Dutchess counties OK’d – The Daily Freeman

KINGSTON, N.Y. — Legal cannabis could soon be coming to Ulster and Dutchess counties.

Nearly three years after the state first legalized adult-use marijuana, the state Cannabis Control Board on Friday approved two licenses for dispensaries in Ulster County and one license for a dispensary in Dutchess County.

The three licenses were among 109 approved by the board as it moves to quickly increase the number of pot shops licensed to operate after lawsuits and other setbacks stymied the state’s rollout of legal marijuana. The board issued 38 adult-use licenses and 26 first adult-use microbusiness licenses, as well as licenses for processors and distributors.

LotusWorks Wellness Inc., located in Beacon, was issued “adult use micro business licenses” for locations in Ulster County and Dutchess County. The Herbal Confectionery LLC was issued an adult-use microbusiness license for a location in Ulster County.

According to the Office of Cannabis Management, an adult-use microbusiness license authorizes the cultivation, processing, distribution, retail sale and delivery of the licensee’s own cannabis products, unlike an adult-use retail license, which authorizes the license holder to sell cannabis grown by others.

The agency received roughly 7,000 applications during the most recent application period, which ran from October to December.

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