August 3, 2022

Providing support for Western New York's cannabis businesses

Anne Forkutza
August 3, 2022

“We are all-in on Buffalo!” 

That’s what I told attendees last Thursday at “From Legacy to Legalization”, a forum put together by University at Buffalo’s Center for Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research

And it's not the first time I've had the pleasure of singing the Buffalo cannabis community’s praises. 

In June, Dutchie helped host the Western New York watch party for On the Revel, an education and events series in New York City. June’s watch party was hosted by the “Kings of Buffalo” Reggie Keith and Valentino Shine Jr.’s Canna-House, a cannabis-inspired organization helping entrepreneurs pave the way as New York’s legalization rolls out. Check out our recap of June’s event in Western New York here

It was clear from that June event that Buffalo had a vibrant cannabis community, full of entrepreneurs eager to enter New York’s emerging market—and last week’s event proved that point again. 

The event featured presentations and questions and answers from two key New York leaders bringing legal cannabis to New York:  Major Leader Assemblywoman Crystal People-Stokes and Chris Alexander, the Executive Director of the Office of Cannabis Management.

It was Chris Alexander’s participation that was, perhaps, the most impressive. Alexander was willing to be pelted with questions put forward by two very long lines of open mic questions. 

And as he continued his rapid-fire answers, he sang the praises of Peoples-Stokes. Specifically, how there is a true and deep commitment from the top to roll out New York’s legalization effort so that it is right for New York and for New Yorkers. As well, Alexander paid tribute to the conditional growers at the event who are part of the 52 licenses that will be growing the very first batch of legal cannabis in New York.

There's a lot of excitement and chatter about New York finally being the state that “gets cannabis right”.  If our experience in Buffalo is a preview of the collaboration of the things to come, we certainly have a lot to look forward to. 

The Dutchie team is looking to connect with any and all Western New York entrepreneurs looking to enter the legal cannabis market. If you would like to know more about how Dutchie can help your Western New York cannabis business, contact Jalen Jones directly.

About the author
Anne Forkutza
Head of Strategic Growth @ Dutchie