New York State has achieved a significant legal victory in its efforts to regulate the cannabis market, with the Wayne County Supreme Court issuing a permanent injunction and one-year closure order against the unlicensed cannabis chain ‘I’m Stuck’.
The court’s decision on November 21 marks the first successful application of the new Section 16-a of the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act, which provides the state with enhanced enforcement capabilities against gray market operations like ‘I’m Stuck’.
The court order effectively dismisses Tulley’s defense that his business model, which involved gifting cannabis as part of paid consultations, did not require a license.
The Office of Cannabis Management has announced that the total fines for ‘I’m Stuck’ will be determined in the coming weeks.
Legal reps for Tulley argued that an appeal is coming. This development indicates ongoing legal challenges as New York continues to navigate the complexities of regulating its burgeoning legal cannabis market.
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