In an exclusive interview with the Advance Media New York editorial board on Wednesday, Gov. Kathy Hochul said the state’s plan to have 20 conditional... Gov. Kathy Hochul confirms marijuana dispensaries set to open this year in New York

In an exclusive interview with the Advance Media New York editorial board on Wednesday, Gov. Kathy Hochul said the state’s plan to have 20 conditional adult-use retail dispensaries open by the end of this year is “still on track” – and to expect “another 20″ to open every month or so thereafter.

“We’re going to make sure that this is a model for the rest of the nation – especially with our desire to make sure that people who’ve been affected by the criminal justice system adversely … have the opportunity to work in this area,” Hochul said.

The governor met with the editorial board to discuss a range of topics, including cannabis, and was asked whether she was concerned about the shifting timelines for rolling out retail operations.

“Talk about the rollout being jammed up,” she said. “When I became governor, nothing had happened. Nothing. It was shut down because there was a battle between the administration and the legislature over who would be the executive director and the chairs of the cannabis review boards.

“So, I was given a lot of credit because within one week, I named people. I got things going. So, when I speak to people about being part of this industry, the first thing they say is ‘thank you.’ Because otherwise we could still be waiting and waiting and waiting, even for the most basic steps to be taken. So we’ve been moving along quickly.”

[Read more at Syracuse.com]

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