New York cannabis shops can offer discounts on pot to students, seniors and vets under new proposal

Get a buzz off these prices!State cannabis regulators on Wednesday proposed scrapping a rule that barred its licensed pot stores from offering price discounts on their marijuana products — which, they argued, put them at a disadvantage with illegal operators.Discounted prices on cannabis gummies, oils and other items could be offered to seniors, students, and military veterans, sources said.That could mean buying two 10-packs of pre-rolled joints for the price of one, among other sales.Cannabis dispensaries could also enroll customers in “loyalty” programs for special deals for the first time under the proposal.The restrictions on bargains were initially put in place to address health and safety concerns, said John Kagan, policy director for the state Office of Cannabis Management.But he heard complaints that the restrictions put licensed cannabis operators at a competitive disadvantage on pricing with the many illegal shops across the city and the state.

It’s time to cut the red tape to grow the green economy, he said.“These restrictions made it much more difficult for a dispensary to operate like a regular business in the economy,” Kagan said.“The new rules will allow dispensaries to operate much more efficiently,” he added.Licensed cannabis shops applauded the move.“This is huge.

Lifting the restrictions on discounts is a big deal,” said Osbert Orduna, head of The Cannabis Place, which operates a dispensary and delivery service in Middle Village.Orduna noted he has a licensed cannabis store in Jersey City, NJ, where he offers discounts on certain products to veterans, senior citizens and students.Sign up for our Metro Daily newsletter! Please provide a valid email address.

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“I wasn’t able to do that in New York — until now,” he said.The proposed rules must receive the public’s ...

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