In the meantime, cannabis retailers like Upstate Canna Co, the first retail recreational marijuana store that opened in Schenectady in March of this year, are hoping this is just a small bump in the road.

“Hoping for an expanded market in New York State that allows everyone equal access to cannabis for consumers,” Joe Leverett, Manager of Upstate Canna Co., said. “And is enabling to farmers and small businesses.”

Officials are hoping by this time next year, there will be at least around 200 dispensaries and stores in the state.

The state senate subcommittee on cannabis will hold its first public hearing on issues with the cannabis rollout on October 30.

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