Green Market Report Names New York Cannabis Award Winners

Congratulations to all of the 2023 Green Market Report New York Cannabis Award winners!

Navigating the New York cannabis market these days requires resilience and creativity – just a few of the characteristics shared by the winners of the first ever Green Market Report New York Cannabis Awards.

The awards were announced at the GMR New York Cannabis Summit in New York City on Sept. 13.

Here are the 2023 award winners:

Best Dispensary: Housing Works Cannabis Co.
Sasha Nutgent, general manager

Running the sole legal dispensary in New York City during winter 2023, Sasha Nutgent trained and equipped a dynamic team of more than 50 individuals who handled that demand, established effective pickup and delivery options, and built public confidence in legal cannabis. This high-traffic dispensary processes more than 1,000 daily transactions on its busiest days and has exceeded $12 million in sales in just six months.

Best Brand: Matter by PharmaCann
Bryan Benavides, director of digital marketing, and Brett Novey, chief executive officer

PharmaCann recognized right away that this growing popularity presented an opportunity to produce a high-quality consumable product that would appeal to those consumers whose tastes run beyond vaping and smoking. The result is an extension of the matter. brand, featuring an array of consumable products that feature high-quality ingredients and flavors, as well as a variety of products to suit any preference. Known for their quality and consistency, matter. products have been showered with kudos in multiple states – and have become one of the most popular product lines in New York. Chewable Gels from matter. contain the perfect ratio of THC and other ingredients to achieve a balanced effect. Available in a wide variety of unique flavors, including lunaberry, apple, kiwi strawberry, orange and lemon, matter. Chewable Gels also come in a range of formulations and cannabinoid ratios. The brand also includes matter. Fusion Dissolvable Powder, an unflavored 10mg THC powder packet that provides the ability to make anything a cannabis-infused edibles, from morning iced coffee to late-night pizza. Rounding out the matter. line of consumables are matter. Cherry Cola Gummy Bites and matter. Fusion Tinctures.

Best Lawyer: Benjamin Rattner
Cermele & Wood LLP

The New York market is anything but straightforward, but according to a couple of Ben Rattner’s clients, he served as their “guiding light.” He helped interpret and comply with the multifaceted regulations, as well as providing guidance to strategically maneuver through challenges. “His commitment to our success was evident in the countless hours he spent understanding our unique needs, and then meticulously crafting solutions tailored to our situation,” they said.

Best Ancillary Provider: KCSA
Lewis Goldberg, managing partner and principal

In 2014, KCSA Strategic Communications jumped headfirst into the budding cannabis industry. Today, KCSA works across and supports the entire cannabis supply chain,including major Canadian LPs, the biggest multistate operators in the U.S., international cultivators in Colombia, ancillary service providers, and sources of capital.

Best Ancillary Provider – Nonprofit: Hospitality Pathways
Beatrice Stein, founder and director

After the COVID-19 pandemic wreaked havoc on the hospitality world, Beatrice Stein pivoted to the cannabis industry and established her new nonprofit, Hospitality Pathways. Her goal, then and now, was to give disenfranchised population the training, skills, and confidence they need to succeed in the retail cannabis industry. Her students now work in every legal retail location in the five boroughs and represent some the highest sellers and the most requested of their peers.

Best Place to Work: Bison Botanics
Frank Shultz, chief executive officer

Bison Botanics is a pillar in the Buffalo and Western New York community. This reaches far beyond the cannabis realm and has spilled over into education, community engagement, and mentorship. CEO Frank Shultz has not only donated, sponsored, and hosted events, but has also led many programs in the community. Frank focuses on strengthening the community, fostering positive relationships, and lifting up his employees, helping to create individualized paths for success.

Congratulations to all of the 2023 Green Market Report New York Cannabis Award winners!

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