CANY Presidents Comment on Current Cannabis Climate in NYS | WUTR/WFXV

MOHAWK VALLEY, NY (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY) – Adult marijuana use has increased across the country as more states begin to legalize medical and recreational use.

New York State has announced that it will approve up to 150 Adult Conditional Use Retail (CAURD) dispensaries, with the most going to Manhattan and Long Island.

CAURD licenses can only be issued to individuals who have previously committed a cannabis-related offense in New York State or who have had a family member prior to March 31, 2021.

These licensees will then have access to storefronts currently secured by the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY).

The Office of Cannabis Management will also grant 25 licenses to qualifying nonprofit organizations, but these companies will not be eligible for DASNY funding.

Tyme Ferris, president of CANY, the Cannabis Association of New York, for the Mohawk Valley region, explains how he and his organization are working to educate potential new entrepreneurs in the industry.

“We’re sort of catching up with organizations like ours, trying to build community support, help other entrepreneurs know what to expect from a regulated market, and get into it, and how they can be better community partners. “, said Ferris.

“New York State should be a $7 billion industry, and it’s one of the most community-based industries there is, and organizations like ours help support them.”

And Mohawk Valley CANY Vice President Josh Clemmons agrees — there’s still a lot of confusion around this process, but organizations like CANY are here to help.

“The cannabis industry is not easy to break into,” Clemmons said, “With pre-licensing at this point, there are a lot of people who don’t even know when they’ll be able to apply for a license.”

He continued, “So these hypothetical situations cause people who don’t know a local person ‘on the ground’ to ask questions, and maybe get legitimate answers.”

To learn more about CANY, you can visit their website at, and to learn more about CAURD licensing, more information can be found at