The New York State Cannabis Control Board’s abrupt cancellation of a key meeting this week has caused frustration among dispensary license applicants. Governor Kathy Hochul clarified that her office did not demand the cancellation, but expressed dissatisfaction with the board’s preparedness. Initially, the board was only set to approve three new retail licenses, a number far below the expectations of the Governor and the applicants.
Governor Hochul emphasized the need for a more efficient approval process, sharing her dissatisfaction with the board’s slow progress. Applicants have been vocal about their frustration due to the prolonged waiting period. The Governor acknowledged these concerns and expressed her own frustrations with the delays.
The Governor also pointed out that the delays were not solely the responsibility of the Cannabis Control Board or the Office of Cannabis Management. She noted that legal challenges from larger conglomerates had significantly hampered the system she inherited, causing a setback of about nine months. This situation highlights the complexities and challenges in implementing cannabis legislation and licensing procedures in New York State.
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