Friday, November 3, 2023

Cannabis on the Hudson

At its meeting in October, the Common Council passed a resolution in support of an application for a cannabis dispensary license submitted by Blaze NY LLC. One of the founders of Blaze NY is former Fourth Ward supervisor Bill Hughes, and it was Hughes who requested a resolution of support from the Common Council. From the discussion that preceded the introduction and vote on the resolution, Gossips gathered there were two other applicants seeking licenses to dispense cannabis in Hudson, and that no licenses had yet been issued in Hudson.

There has been no news on the success of Blaze NY or the other applicants in getting licensed, but earlier this week, a cannabis dispensary called Gotham opened in The Caboose, the newly reconstructed red barn at 60 South Front Street.

A week ago, the photo above and the following announcement appeared on Instagram:
Today is the day! Gotham lands in Hudson, right across from the Amtrak station. Open every Thursday thru Sunday, from 11 am to 7 pm. We can't wait to see you.
Yesterday, the following message appeared on Instagram, posted by @visithudsony.
It's the second week of @gotham.ny's legal cannabis pop-up, conveniently located at the brand new @thecaboosehudsonny right across from the Hudson AMTRAK station.
There you'll find a large selection of flower, edibles, apparel, products for the home, and skin/body care products, with an emphasis on locally produced and sustainable products. Whether you're a longtime budficionado or just trying your first toke, the friendly and approachable folks from Gotham will set you on the right path.
Gotham has a shop in New York City, at East 3rd Street and the Bowery. The shop here in Hudson is a pop-up, a temporary installation which will be in place until the end of the year. 

For more information about Gotham, visit their website:


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    1. Wowser— Alex Petraglia here, Hudson Business Coalition President and the one who manages our public-facing @visithudsonny social media accounts. I'm aware of Bill Hughes' work and application before the Council. When he has a physical storefront that's open to customers, I look forward to covering that one, too! I'm a 'Marijuana for All' kind of guy.

      Furthermore, lots of businesses that are owned by people you might consider 'essentially from NYC' employ lots and lots of long-term Hudson-area residents as well as relying on the labor of countless craftspeople who have lived here their whole lives.

    2. I lived over in Woodstock and moved to NYC to open my gallery business in 1987. In 2006 I moved it to Hudson. I have been here paying taxes for 17 years, so am I a local business, or a money hungry NYC invader? Does it matter where you were born or lived before coming to a place? If you are born in Hudson and move to another state or town, are you an invader? It seems to me the reason a lot of local businesses are not open during the week is because there are no customers, as you say the place is deserted. If these businesses were not committed to operating in and contributing to Hudson they would have left a long time ago. So your anger seems a bit misplaced.

  2. Wowser, new arrivals from NYC and elsewhere didn't push anyone out. I first saw Hudson in 1982, and it was a god-forsaken wasteland that was in dire need of some new investment energy. The locals had given up on their own community and went shopping at the big box stores on Fairview Ave. and elsewhere. Hudson was an embarrassment, a collapsed post-industrial nightmare in desperate need of fresh blood and better political leadership.

    Mom-and Pop stores are having difficulty all over the country, not just in Hudson, as the predatory corporate sector has figured out how to rob small communities of their wealth.

    If the new people that you resent were to pull out now, Hudson would lose its tax base and would return to its status as a sad little upstate dump.

    And, it's worth considering that every plumber, electrician, carpenter, roofer, mason and other tradesman is fully busy and working for good wages due to all the new investment in the city. You might not like what's going on in Hudson at the moment, but I've seen the alternative, and it was ugly.

  3. Jesus. Everything gets someone’s panties bunched. Smoke a number and take a deep breath — the pop-ups terminate on 12/31 per the regulations that created them. Poor Billy Hughes ain’t having his lunch eaten by anyone. Yet. Like all those rushing to try and make an agricultural commodity into a value-added product on the basis of its “newness,” he will likely be bankrupt or rolled up (no pun intended) within 3 years. Let me know if you need a roach clip.

  4. Hello everyone, NYS had 2 licensing processes, the first being CAURD - conditional adult use retail dispensary and now general adult use licensing. My company couldn't apply for CAURD because no one on my team is justice impacted. My team has patiently waited, like many others, to apply for a general adult use retail dispensary license. I went to get City Council support to show my team is committed to Hudson and the County as a whole although OCM - Office of Cannabis Management doesn't require us to do so. We certainly want to thank the City Council and Mayor's office for supporting our efforts to get licensed. We will be submitting our application this week, the window to file an application closes on November 17th. As to the pop-ups, my team supports what they are doing. The pop-ups are providing a needed avenue for struggling farmers to sell their products before they go bad. We are not opposed to the pop-ups at all, once my team is licensed, then, we expect everyone in the Hudson market to be held to the same standards put in place by OCM. Until then, we say, toke and enjoy! Blaze is coming, we will be hiring locally and giving back.