Farmers in upstate New York have produced nearly 300,000 pounds of weed, valued at three-quarters of a billion dollars. However, only a few state-licensed retail marijuana businesses have opened their doors since recreational sales started.

The state has licensed more farms than dispensaries, creating a surplus of unsold produce.

Certification And Distribution Bottlenecks

At Hudson Cannabis, which is licensed to produce 43,000 square feet of cannabis flowers, Melany Dobson "has 2,700 pounds of old buds stacked to the ceiling in storage containers awaiting certification from one of the five state testing laboratories," …

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