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New York’s cannabis licensing halted again amid veterans’ lawsuit

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A New York state court has issued a preliminary injunction against the Office of Cannabis Management, effectively blocking the issuance and processing of new cannabis licenses.


This move comes as a direct response to a lawsuit initiated by four veterans who have raised concerns over the state’s cannabis licensing criteria.

These veterans argue that the state unconstitutionally mandated a previous marijuana-related conviction for acquiring a license.


The veterans, who are service-disabled, have expressed their commitment to ensuring equal access to New York’s burgeoning cannabis sector.

The group further highlighted the Office of Cannabis Management’s perceived failures in realizing the objectives set out by New York’s Marihuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA), claiming the state agency has neglected priority groups, including service-disabled veterans.

The veterans remain optimistic about collaborating with both the state and the court to establish a more inclusive licensing process.