(WSHU) – Farmers in New York that hope to grow recreational marijuana might be out of luck this planting season. The state might not authorize the planting of that kind of cannabis for another year or more.

New York is home to nearly 700 cannabis growers. Many are licensed medical marijuana providers. About 100 grow and process hemp into products like rope, fabrics and oils.

It could take over a year for the state’s new Office of Cannabis Management to regulate how recreational marijuana can be locally grown and sold.

Allan Gandelman heads the New York Cannabis Growers and Processors Association. He said that should have been a red flag to lawmakers when they made possession of a small amount of marijuana legal statewide on March 31.

“Cannabis is not for the faint of heart. It is a new industry and is…

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