Marijuana can now be legally sold at festivals and other events in New York state on Wednesday, under measures approved by state regulators after farmers complained that there were too few dispensaries to sell what they harvested.
The Cannabis Control Board-approved initiative will allow three or more producers to partner with retailers to sell to consumers outside pharmacies at locally licensed events for adults.
The partnership could also include processors who can sell products such as edibles and e-cigarette cartridges.
A permit from the municipality is required.
Marijuana growers around New York say they entered the growing season with stockpiles of marijuana starting last year because the state opened stores too late. There are currently 20 licensed retail stores operating in the state, with more than 40 more under development, according to regulators.
“We certainly hear from growers about the urgency of programs like this to expand retail sales opportunities,” said John Kagia, the state’s head of cannabis policy.
Officials said the move would allow consumers legal access to marijuana in areas without pharmacies.
The effort is part of a series of moves by regulators to strengthen the state’s nascent recreational hot pot market. It also began cracking down on unauthorized operations that compete with above-ground stores, especially in New York City.