Spring has always been a period of renewal. What is old and grey turns vibrant, new, and colorful. As we usher in the Spring season in WNY, we’re witnessing the rebirth and renewal of New York’s stance on cannabis. If you haven’t heard the news, cannabis is now legal for adults over the age of 21 and will soon be sold through State-licensed channels, similar to how alcohol is sold. Consumers will no longer have to purchase products via illicit means and can look forward to safer, regulated products. While this is certainly exciting news, it will be a while until we see licenses issued and cannabis products for adult-use available for sale. The MRTA was very progressive, and we’re hopeful it will help provide a much-needed shot in the arm for the State’s economy. We can now look forward to job creation, new businesses, investment, and reinvestment as a result of legalization. 

In our largest issue yet, we examine what the passing of MRTA means for the time being. We also take a look at what happened in Illinois’ rollout of adult-use cannabis. Our interviews in this issue feature a star-studded cast:  Steven Hager, the former Editor of High Times, and Dr. Laszlo Mechtler, the Director of DENT Cannabis Clinic & Research Center. 

As CannaBuff grows, we aim to stay true to our founding purpose. To serve as an unbiased and credible resource for this rapidly evolving industry. We will continue to bring you important information on the health effects of cannabis, social & regulatory issues, sustainability, and news on cannabis & ancillary businesses in WNY. We’ll also be featuring some content on local art & culture. 

We’re excited for what the future holds for WNY and the rest of the state. We hope you enjoy this issue of CannaBuff magazine as you join us in celebrating this proud moment in the history of our great state.