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N.Y. will not legalize cannabis; seen as gift for Berkshire’s shops

(Record file photo) Theory Wellness, a recreational and medicinal marijuana shop, located at 394 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington.

GREAT BARRINGTON— State-licensed marijuana retailers in western Massachusetts won’t have to contend with out-of-state competition in New York any time soon.

The plans of several New York Democratic legislators to legalize a potential billion-dollar industry fell through during the closing hours of the legislative session last week in Albany.

The hope was that the legalization of marijuana in the Empire state would have created much-needed jobs in depressed communities and put an end to heavy-handed police crackdowns for minor drug abuses in those neighborhoods.

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