Water Mill Horse Farm OK to Grow Cannabis
Legal Recreational Marijuana Growing Comes to Water Mill
A second South Fork-based farm was recently approved by New York state regulators to begin growing recreational marijuana, joining a small group of East End outfits who had previously obtained the approval. Big Sky Ranch Holdings LLC, which is the company that operates Big Sky Ranch Hamptons – an entity billed as the equestrian component of Nova’s Ark Project, the 95-acre sculpture park and art center at Water Mill – was granted a conditional license as a cannabis cultivator by the State Cannabis Control Board at its June 23 meeting.
The award comes after fellow South Fork, Bridgehampton Loam LLC, previously secured a license. North Fork growers who have also been given the green light to grow recently legalized recreational marijuana include Peconic Growers in Riverhead, Jennifer Bihm in Cutchogue, WJF Farms in Cutchogue, Plant Connection in Riverhead and East End Flower Farm.
Speonk-based Brian Klug Landscaping and Route 27 Hopyard in Center Moriches are also licensed in the East End. They are among more than 200 growers statewide.
The license is valid for two years and holders will be able to distribute cannabis flower products to retail dispensaries. Statewide, the vast majority of cannabis grown outdoors and in greenhouses is expected to be made into products like edibles and vapes, with the remainder to be sold as smoking flower, Allan Gandelman said, president of the NY Cannabis Growers and Processors Association.
This year’s first-wave growers are expected to produce a few hundred thousand pounds of product — a fraction of expected New York demand, which could eventually top 1 million pounds a year.
~ With Associated Press