New York’s plans to expand cannabis retail face a setback as a judge stops new licenses due to a lawsuit by veterans claiming an unconstitutional priority licensing program.
New York Supreme Court Justice Kevin Bryant ruled that without a court order blocking the cannabis licensing program. His ruling reads, “that there is genuine urgency and that immediate and irreparable injury, loss, or damage will result” if the licensing program moves forward.
The court’s decision affects both new licenses and approvals for existing dispensaries.
This delay poses challenges to New York’s equity goals post-marijuana legalization.
New York’s efforts so far have resulted in fewer than 20 operational dispensaries over almost 2½ years, while an unlicensed market thrived.
What’s Next: A hearing is scheduled for August 11 at the Ulster County Supreme Courthouse, with filing deadline on August 9 at 5 p.m.
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