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Despite issues with cannabis license rollout, Hochul touts 400 issued so far

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Governor Kathy Hochul revealed that the New York State Cannabis Control Board has issued a total of 403 adult-use cannabis licenses in 2024, marking a significant step in strengthening the state’s legal cannabis market. The recent approval of 101 licenses underscores ongoing efforts to enhance New York’s regulatory framework for cannabis.


This latest issuance spans various sectors within the cannabis industry, including microbusinesses, cultivators, processors, distributors, and retail dispensaries. The move is aimed at promoting entrepreneurship and broadening economic opportunities within the state’s burgeoning cannabis market. Additionally, the board approved a provisional licensing system to expedite the setup process for new businesses, allowing them to begin operations quicker while adhering to state regulations.

These developments reflect New York’s commitment to creating an equitable and transparent legal cannabis market. The state continues to focus on supporting small businesses and ensuring public safety, aiming to meet and surpass social equity goals previously set under state law.