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New York judge strikes down cannabis regulations

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A New York state judge has overturned a large portion of the state’s rules on cannabis, focusing on the regulations related to advertising. This decision came after a lawsuit by Leafly Holdings, a cannabis website, which argued against a specific rule that limited dispensaries from advertising on third-party platforms. The judge, Kevin Bryant, stated that the New York Office of Cannabis Management did not properly explain how these regulations were created.


The judge’s critique targeted the lack of evidence or rationale behind the development of these rules governing licensing, operations, and marketing within the cannabis industry. This has raised concerns about the future functionality of New York’s cannabis program, suggesting that significant changes need to be made to ensure its success.

The ruling has been seen as a potential step toward a more stable market for legal cannabis in New York. Industry experts, such as attorney Jonathan Havens, believe that while not all regulations were invalidated, the decision could greatly impact the industry unless quickly addressed. The state Office of Cannabis Management has yet to respond, leaving many to wonder about the next steps for cannabis regulation in New York.