State agency eyeing potential cannabis dispensary locations in Schenectady, Saratoga counties – The Daily Gazette

A real estate firm hired by the Dormitory Authority of New York has been scoping out locations in downtown Schenectady as well as Saratoga County, including Saratoga Springs, as possible locations for what would be among the first cannabis dispensaries in the state. 

Both Schenectady County Metroplex Development Authority Chairman Ray Gillen and Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Todd Shimkus confirmed Monday that representatives from CBRE, which has an office located in Albany, has been speaking to prospective property owners about the potential to lease their buildings. 

Gillen would not specify exact locations that have been considered in Schenectady. 

“I would stress that the locations that they’ve looked at in the city would be downtown and some of the larger retail plazas, not neighborhoods at all,” Gillen said. 

This interest in local development comes as the state prepares to announce, by the end of the year, those who have received licenses through the Conditional Adult-Use Dispensaries program, which was created to establish businesses for “justice-involved” individuals — or those impacted by the war on drugs.

The Capital Region will receive seven licenses under the CAURD program. The Mohawk Valley will receive two. 

Earlier this year, the state

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