How a NY Cannabis Insider experiment led to statewide policy change​

We purchased and tested some of the strongest strains of the Empire State’s legal weed. The results sparked a statewide policy change within days.


NY Cannabis Insider is the first publication dedicated to covering the issues, policies, laws, regulations, politics and people making an impact on the state’s cannabis industry through accurate, timely and thorough journalism. We maintain a watchful eye on powerful interests, monitor the use of taxpayer funds and amplify underrepresented and underserved voices.

We also host the state’s leading conferences, meetups and events.


Our team of journalists inform subscribers about the issues, policies, laws, regulations, politics and people making an impact on the cannabis industry, community and marketplace.

Brad Racino

Brad Racino is the editor and publisher of NY Cannabis Insider whose work can be found here.

Sean Teehan

Sean Teehan is a reporter for NY Cannabis Insider whose work can be found here.


Subscription Benefits

Premium Content

In-depth news and exclusive analysis from New York’s team of cannabis reporters. New issues weekly.

Exclusive Networking

Text our journalists, connect with other business-minded insiders and develop key relationships.

Events & Conferences

Members get VIP access to events and meetups featuring some of the biggest leaders in the industry.

Who Subscribes?

  • Entrepreneurs
  • Dispensary Operators
  • Attorneys
  • Lobbyists
  • Politicians & Lawmakers
  • Markets, Creatives & Packaging Companies
  • Local Municipality Leaders
  • Security Service Providers
  • Real Estate Brokers & Contractors
  • Compliance & Logistics Services
  • Doctors, Pharmacists & Caretakers
  • Bankers, Finance, Analysts & Insurance Agents
  • Accountants
  • Sales Professionals
  • Fencing & Lighting Businesses

Upcoming NY Cannabis Insider Events

NY Cannabis Insider Live is a business to business state-wide cannabis industry conference.  The virtual and in-person sessions bring together cannabis entrepreneurs and industry experts to discuss topics essential to the New York State cannabis industry. Each conference incorporates conversations with leading cannabis industry experts and an abundance of networking time to connect with others in the industry.

“The NYCI conference gave me everything I needed to build the dream team in New York’s budding cannabis market. The people I met here will allow us all to rise to the top together.”

Lee Harris Gochman

“The NYS Cannabis Insider event in Tarrytown was incredibly valuable. I have been to a lot of Cannabis industry events and this one was top tier. Everyone was there to connect and there was a ton of great panels that felt thoughtful and intimate.”

Graydon Welbourn, White Ash Group

“Great event! The format, the time allowed to network, and the great amenities at the venue allowed us to focus on what counts: education and connections. Having participated and attended a lot of these events, it was refreshing to see some #cannabis subjects that are usually not discussed, i.e.: point of view of illicit market players, leaders of opt-out communities and how to speak to them, etc.”

Arnaud Dumas de Rauly, The Blinc Group (@theblincgroup)

“I am really impressed with the diversity on these panels. It’s rare to see a cannabis conference with this much gender and race parity. Major congrats for making sure the speakers look like New York.”

Ngiste Abebe, VP at Columbia Care and President of NYMCIA

“Everything was perfect—the programming, the venue and the way the event played out logistically. I’m still riding the buzz, even after the train ride back.”

Jon Purow, Zuber Lawler attorney + Cannabis Last Week podcast host

“Your event was a very efficient use of my time. The event was tailored to the exact needs of the current cannabis climate in NYS.” 

Eric Canori, Author + Consultant