New Johnstown shop caters to budding business of home marijuana cultivation

New Johnstown shop caters to budding business of home marijuana cultivation

JOHNSTOWN — There really is an Uncle Bud, but he's not Karl Lakata's uncle and he's not in the same line of business.Lakata recently opened a horticulture shop on North Market Street and borrowed the nickname of the guy who would rent out a hay wagon for a music festival Lakata's friend organized."Bud" is also a nickname for marijuana, and that's what Lakata expects a lot of customers to be interested in as they visit Uncle Bud's Grow Shop. Growing your own marijuana at home will soon be a legal option in New York, and he expects a large demand for…
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First marijuana retail shops could open in late 2022, be operated by former offenders

First marijuana retail shops could open in late 2022, be operated by former offenders

ALBANY — New York’s first marijuana retailers could open their doors later this year, with licenses initially reserved for merchants who have been arrested on marijuana offenses, or who are closely related to people who have.The state announced the decision Thursday, along with a plan to license hemp farmers to grow marijuana for recreational use starting this season. Applications for cultivation licenses can be submitted starting March 15.Gov. Kathy Hochul said the details of the farm-to-retail Seeding Opportunity Initiative are unique among states that have legalized marijuana sales for non-medical use."The regulations advanced by the Cannabis Control Board today will prioritize…
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