3 More East End Farms OK’d to Grow Legal Weed

Woman controls the harvest of marijuana.
Cannabis plants are growing on the East End (Getty Images)

Three more East End farms recently got the thumbs up from New York State regulators to start growing newly legalized recreational adult-use marijuana, officials said.

The state Cannabis Control Board granted conditional cannabis cultivator licenses to Peconic Growers in Riverhead, Speonk-based Brian Klug Landscaping and Jennifer Bihm in Cutchogue, who works in partnership with WJF Farms, another North Fork entity that was previously licensed.

“I believe I’m the only female licensed on Long Island,” said Bihm.

The three are the latest in a string of entities to be licensed on Long Island. As Dan’s Papers has reported, Riverhead-based Plant Connection, East End Flower Farm and Route 27 Hopyard in Center Moriches, and Bridgehampton Loam LLC also previously won licenses. They are among 162 licensees statewide.

Peconic Growers is run by former New York State Assemblyman Icilio “Bill” Bianchi, who said he hopes it will still be profitable despite the state giving the OK mid-way through the growing season.

“We’re not planning a lot, we’re gonna start small,” he said.

Klug could be reached for comment as of press time.

-With Tatiana Krisztina and Julia Rocca Virnelli

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