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State resumes licensing process for cannabis dispensaries

The New York State Supreme Court has lifted an injunction that had been halting the licensing process for cannabis dispensaries in the state, marking a significant development in the burgeoning cannabis industry.


This injunction, which had been in effect since August, was the result of a lawsuit filed by a group of veterans challenging the licensing procedure. The lifting of the injunction now allows the state’s Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) to resume processing Conditional Adult Use Retail Dispensary (CAURD) licenses, paving the way for the establishment of legal cannabis dispensaries across New York State.


Chris Alexander, the Executive Director of OCM, expressed his satisfaction with the court’s decision, stating that it is a positive step for New York and the vision of achieving equity in the cannabis market. Alexander’s statement on Friday, highlighted the impact of the injunction on entrepreneurs who have been eagerly awaiting the opportunity to launch their cannabis businesses. The resumption of the licensing process is expected to expedite the opening of legal, licensed cannabis dispensaries in various communities, benefitting both business owners and consumers.

The resolution comes after the Cannabis Control Board approved a settlement in the lawsuit earlier this week. This breakthrough is seen as a crucial moment for the state’s cannabis industry, offering relief to entrepreneurs who have faced uncertainty for the past three months. The move is anticipated to have a substantial economic impact, generating new business opportunities and contributing to the growth of the legal cannabis market in New York.