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Cannabis Control Board delays vote on lawsuit settlements, frustrating licensees

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In a recent development, the New York Cannabis Control Board unexpectedly postponed a crucial vote on settlements for two lawsuits that have stalled the opening of approximately 400 cannabis dispensaries in the state.

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The decision to remove this item from the agenda at the start of their meeting has left many licensees in a state of uncertainty and frustration. Zamaya Lewis, a Conditional Adult-Use Retail Dispensary (CAURD) licensee, expressed disappointment at the continual delays, reflecting the sentiments of many awaiting the resolution of these lawsuits.

The postponement has sparked criticism from industry advocates and licensees, who argue that New York is failing to be the model for equity in the cannabis industry it had aimed to be. The delay is seen as a significant setback for those who have invested heavily in anticipation of the market’s opening.


Experts in cannabis law speculate that the state may be attempting to avoid future litigation by carefully finalizing the settlement details. They anticipates a rapid opening of new dispensaries once the current legal hurdles are cleared.

The urgency of the situation is emphasized by the recent deadline for regular license applications, adding to the pressure on the Cannabis Control Board and the state to resolve the issue promptly.