Brad Racino,

Brad Racino

Syracuse, NY, United States

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Recent articles by Brad:

State politicians are growing concerned about NY’s legal marijuana rollout

Made up of state senators and assembly members, NY’s Legislative Commission on Rural Resources is seeking answers from the Office of Cannabis Management about licensing, timelines, the gray market and supply. → Read More

Licensed marijuana growers in NY: Names, strains, acreages, contact info

NY Cannabis Insider combined data from the Office of Cannabis Management and the NYS Dept. of Agriculture to produce a more in-depth look at each conditional cultivator in the state. → Read More

NY Cannabis Insider’s week in legal weed for Aug. 20, 2022

A big OCM/CCB meeting, delays in medical marijuana home-grow rules, helping NYC residents navigate the legal cannabis market, and lots more from NY Cannabis Insider this week. → Read More

Curaleaf forced to remove thousands of medical marijuana products from NY dispensaries

The company switched to an unauthorized way of labeling potency that led patients to think the marijuana they purchased was stronger than usual. → Read More

Finally, NY Office of Cannabis Management answers million-dollar CAURD question

Will those licensed under NY’s conditional adult-use retail dispensary program be allowed to use their own location, or will they be required to accept whatever spot the state assigns them? → Read More

How one NY city is embracing legal marijuana to revitalize its once-thriving economy

Eddie Sundquist, the mayor of Jamestown, spoke with NY Cannabis Insider about how his city is proactively approaching cannabis businesses. → Read More

Tips from NY cannabis industry experts on setting up your legal weed business

A virtual event put on Tuesday by the NYC and Hudson Valley Cannabis Industry associations provided a 90-minute crash course on accounting, branding, licensing and more in the cannabis space. Here are the takeaways. → Read More

The Office of Cannabis Management’s chief counsel just left the agency

The abrupt move comes at an inopportune time, as the agency is in the middle of rolling out regulations and getting the marijuana marketplace off the ground. → Read More

NY cannabis agency publicly – and wrongly – accused a local business of illegal marijuana sales

The owner of the LakeWatch Inn is now dealing with the fallout, and has yet to receive an apology or acknowledgement from the Office of Cannabis Management. → Read More

Why we didn’t write about NY’s cannabis cease and desist letters

If you’ve been doing journalism long enough, you develop a spidey-sense – a tingling when something just doesn’t feel right. This didn’t feel right. → Read More

‘It’s torture’: In wake of NY’s marijuana legalization, ex-offenders fight to clear their names

Though low-level cannabis convictions will be expunged or suppressed from search in NY, those with felonies or misdemeanors on their record must proactively petition courts for justice – and some are facing an uphill battle. → Read More

How will marijuana testing change in New York? A Q&A with ACT Laboratories’ Bob Miller

OCM’s new lab rules propose a few major changes to how the state tests for product safety. Here’s what that means. → Read More

NY wants to create the most equitable cannabis industry in the US. Why are the state’s own equity positions vacant?

Key positions including the chief equity officer and 13-member advisory board are vacant more than eights months after the OCM held its first public meeting. → Read More

NY’s medical marijuana program suffering as state focuses on a recreational market

The Office of Cannabis Management has been slow to expand medical marijuana, is plagued by technology problems, and has ignored patient concerns, critics and patients tell NY Cannabis Insider. → Read More

NY Cannabis Insider’s week in legal weed for June 5, 2022

New regulations for labs and marketing, new cultivators, a failed cannabis bill in the legislature, and more this week. → Read More

NY Cannabis Control Board approves another 58 marijuana cultivators

This third round of approvals brings the total number of licensed cultivators across the state to 146. → Read More

How a former Crip plans to enter NY’s legal marijuana marketplace

Jeremy Rivera’s years behind bars inspired a vision for rehabilitating the communities where he once ran drugs. → Read More

NY Cannabis Insider’s week in legal weed for May 6, 2022

New cultivator licenses, concerns over pharmacists at dispensaries, barriers to funding social equity and more news about our upcoming conference in Albany. → Read More

NY Cannabis Insider’s week in legal weed for April 29, 2022

Each week, we round up the news you may have missed in the state’s developing marijuana marketplace. → Read More

Veterans, farmers and legal weed: A conversation with Ananda Farms’ Sarah Stenuf

The US Army veteran and nonprofit founder built a brand, following and community by helping others. → Read More