BUFFALO NY (WIVB) – As the cannabis industry prepares to land in New York State, Buffalo City leaders encourage people to get involved sooner rather than later.
“People who are interested in working and having a license should start preparing,” said Crystal Peoples-Stokes, leader of the majority of the Assembly. “You have to be prepared because when you apply for a license, with any level of government in the state, you have to have all your Ts crossed and I’m dotted.”
Peoples-Stokes and Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown offer help to those who want to delve into the adult cannabis industry. The leader of the majority of the Assembly was one of the lawmakers pushing for recreational marijuana to be legal in New York State and on April 2 he did so.
“This will allow us to create generational wealth and reinvest in communities that need it so desperately,” he said during a forum Friday night.
“We already know that with medical marijuana there are people who have become phenomenally rich,” Mayor Brown said. “This will be the case for recreational marijuana.”
Kaelan Castetter, with the Castetter Cannabis Group, helps small businesses across the state prepare their strategies to get involved in the cannabis industry. He tells News 4 that he also agrees with lawmakers that if anyone wants to be part of this industry that will grow soon, they should start preparing.
“So you want to develop a relationship with the community that you want to really start the planning process now,” he said. “You know, you don’t necessarily have to have a lease or start spending too much money because we still have a long way to go to get licenses, but the planning process has to start today.”
Sarah Minkewicz is a reporter who has been part of the News 4 team since 2019. See more of her work here.