Syracuse, N.Y. — Mike Flynn is ready to sell legal marijuana. He’s already invested more than $3 million to set up his business.
His gleaming 15,000-square-foot weed shop in the heart of Armory Square, with its polished floors, glass display cases and digital menu screens, is complete (except for products) and could open today.
There’s just one problem: Although the state legalized the possession of recreational marijuana more than a year ago, retailers like Flynn probably can’t get a license to sell legal weed until the spring of 2023.
“It’s so frustrating,” said Flynn, whose planned marijuana dispensary, currently called Flynnstoned Cannabis Co., is at 219 Walton St., in the former home of an Urban Outfitters store. “I’m ready to go.”
“I could open today and bring people down here, if the state would let me,” he said. “I could have 30 to 40 (employees) here, pounding. I could bring people down here to Armory Square, give them a reason to come down. I could be paying the state taxes. We could do this now.”
Building an industry
The state’s marijuana legalization law approved in March 2021 instantly made it legal for those 21 and older to possess up to three ounces of marijuana. But it’s