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The FLWR CITY CUP is an annual New York State flower competition curated to build community and raise funds for reinvestment in community development initiatives. This year’s Harvest Cup flower competition showcases both CBD and THC varieties grown locally in New York state. Over 60 plus submi...

Sativa Remedy’s Grand Expansion

Since their inception in 2019, Sativa Remedy has continued to grow their ever-blossoming hemp dispensary! As they celebrate their three-year anniversary, co-founders John and Nhi have expanded their retail storefront and continue to show that they are so much more than “just a CBD store.&rdquo...

Cannabis Business Insurance

Chances are when you think of the Cannabis industry your first thought is not insurance. Although insurance is not as sexy as that frosty nugget you can hold in your hand or as interesting as the ins and outs of growing, it does play a crucial role in the cannabis industry. We all know that Cannabis...

From Shakedown Street to Main Street

Dave was raised on Grateful Dead’s music. His parents were die-hard Dead fans, and he grew up frequently attending festivals and concerts with them. When Dave was old enough, he began following the Dead and bands like Phish around the United States in his van with his girlfriend and dog. He st...

Headshop Highlight: O’s Smokeshop is Taking Over

Omar Ali has been quietly building his headshop empire in Niagara County since 2019. Starting on Pine Avenue in Niagara Falls, he has steadily grown his brick-and-mortar business into a third location that just opened in June. Located on Military Road in the Town of Niagara, the third O’s Smo...


Here in Buffalo, NY, we have one of the nation’s leading manufacturers of size-reduction equipment. Schutte Hammermill is a family run business that was founded in 1928, and their products have been used to process biomass on an industrial scale ever since. They design and engineer hammer mill...

SLA Solutions is Helping NY Entrepreneurs Win Cannabis Licenses

SLA Solutions has been actively preparing to offer its clients cannabis licensing services for years, even prior to the legalization of cannabis in NY in 2021. SLA founder, Robert Heil, along with his team, have been serving clients in Western NY with state licensing needs for almost two decades. SL...

Vangst: A Cannabis Recruiting Platform Founded by WNY Native Karson Humiston

East Aurora-native Karson Humiston has made a name for herself as the founder and CEO of Vangst. If you haven’t heard of it, Vangst is a cannabis industry recruiting platform that links employers with job candidates, from executives to entry-level positions (think Indeed for the cannabis indus...

Smokers Corner: Cannabis Quality

With the sudden influx of new, unlicensed dispensaries, pop-up weed shops, and “gifting” being done across the state, we have to wonder, where is this weed coming from? Who’s growing it and how? But most importantly, is this a quality product that is safe for me to consume? There...
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