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Legalization of adult use recreational cannabis may receive funding


(WBNG) -- The legalization of adult use recreational cannabis may soon receive funding.

Included in the New York State Budget is funding to create the Office of Cannabis Management, which is a needed first step in legalization.

Local experts say a standalone bill to legalize cannabis could be voted on as early as next week, which has potential growers excited for the future.

"It gives opportunities to micro businesses, on terms consumption, at-home delivery, its really a great bill for industry," Castetter Cannabis Group CEO Kaelan Castetter told 12 News Tuesday.

"It also takes into account equity applicants, economic equity, social equity or disadvantaged farmers," he said.

Castetter says he'd expect commercial purchases to be available by the end of 2021 or next year if the legalization bill is passed.

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