California company holds public meetings for local cannabis campus

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A California company is asking for your help to bring a cannabis campus to Buffalo.


“Wow something amazing coming to Buffalo that everyone can be a part of,” said Sonia Hutchins.


That’s what drew Sonia Hutchins to the first community conversation about the Flora Buffalo Cannabis Campus. She’s curious about cannabis and it’s potential growing role in Buffalo.


“I’m here to learn more about the cannabis business the upcoming rise in Buffalo, New York, how it can benefit my community and how I can help my community,” said Hutchins.


Flora, a California-based company,  wants to build a cannabis growing, production, and research facility on the city’s waterfront. But before it builds anything, it wants the community’s input.


“There’s the potential for innovation and really help remake, one this industry but also the city of Buffalo and all of Western New York as a pioneer,” said Imani Dawson, spokesperson for Flora.   


Dozens of people showed up Wednesday to give their feedback and learn about the multi-million dollar project. The goal is educate the community on how to invest in the cannabis campus and open a new door for people who’ve been on the wrong side of marijuana laws in the past.


“The impact is that communities were devastating, people’s futures were compromised you know they’ve gone to jail and we believe that those people deserve a shot at this industry as well and we want to give them a place,” said Dawson.


“This will have them something to look forward to, to work for. Instead of them selling it they’re selling and growing and being a help to their community,” said Hutchins.


Imani Dawson, a Flora spokeperson, says so far feedback has been positive, but some people still have concerns. She says that’s why Flora wants to continue to include the community in these conversations.


“So that we can create a cannabis industry in Buffalo that benefits everyone,” said Dawson.


Flora has reached a community benefits agreement with the city of Buffalo, but that doesn’t mean they can break ground yet. There will be more public meetings scheduled in the coming weeks.

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