Local lawmakers encourage entrepreneurs interested in the cannabis industry to start planning now
BUFFALO NY (WIVB) – As the cannabis industry prepares to take hold in New York State, City of Buffalo leaders are urging people to get involved as soon as possible.
“Those interested in becoming part of the business and being licensed should start preparing,” said Crystal Peoples-Stokes, Assembly Majority Leader. “You have to prepare yourself because when you apply for a license, regardless of the level of state government, you will have to cross all of your T’s and I’m dotted.”
Peoples-Stokes and Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown offer to help those looking to venture into the adult cannabis industry. The Assembly Majority Leader was one of the lawmakers pushing for recreational marijuana to become legal in New York State, and on April 2 it was.
“This will give us an opportunity to build generational wealth and an opportunity to reinvest in communities that desperately need it,” she said at a forum Friday night.
“We already know that with medical marijuana, some people have become incredibly rich,” said Mayor Brown. “This will be the case with recreational marijuana.”
Kaelan Castetter with the Castetter Cannabis Group, helps small businesses through state strategies and prepares their business to get involved in the cannabis industry. He tells News 4 that he also agrees with lawmakers that if anyone wants to be a part of this growing industry, they should start preparing.
“So you want to develop a relationship with the community that you really want to start the planning process now,” he said. “You know, you don’t necessarily go into leases or start spending too much money because we still have a lot of time before we have licenses, but the planning process has to start today.”
Sarah Minkewicz is a journalist who has been part of the News 4 team since 2019. See more of her work here.