A federal court in New York on Tuesday paved the way for state regulators to begin issuing adult-use cannabis dispensary licenses to prospective business owners in Brooklyn and elsewhere.
new york times report The Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in Manhattan “has lifted some of the injunctions that prevented cannabis regulators from issuing recreational dispensary licenses in some areas of New York, creating a major impediment to state deployment. have been removed,” he said.
“The court’s decision allows regulators to issue 108 dispensing licenses in areas no longer subject to injunctions: Central New York, West New York, Mid-Hudson and Brooklyn. But 18 in the Finger Lakes area. ‘s license remains bound by the lawsuit.” of Times I will explain.
“New licenses could be approved on Monday, April 3, when the Cannabis Control Board holds its monthly meeting. At least 18 licenses in the affected areas have been ready for approval since November. Yes, the Cannabis Administration said at the time.
New York launched a regulated adult-use cannabis market late last year with the opening of a licensed retail store in Manhattan’s East Village neighborhood.
Since then, two more stores have opened in Manhattan, and the first cannabis retailer opened in Queens on Thursday.
But Brooklyn, New York City’s most populous borough, has so far been closed following a November injunction by a federal court in Syracuse, New York.
That court’s ruling came in response to a lawsuit brought by a Michigan cannabis company that challenged New York’s licensing requirements.
But this week’s partial withdrawal of the injunction paves the way for other densely populated areas in New York State to participate in the regulated weed market.
“Removal of the injunction paves the way for pharmacies to open in the most populous areas of the state, including Buffalo, Syracuse and the Hudson Valley, giving farmers and manufacturers who were sitting on piles of inventory more places to sell. provide their weeds.But from licensing to opening is a process that takes months.Since November, regulators have issued dispensing licenses to 56 businesses and 10 nonprofits. So far, we’ve only opened five stores in Manhattan, Ithaca and Binghamton, with two more openings in Queens and Schenectady this week.”
The federal appeals court’s ruling on Tuesday comes three weeks after New York announced it was doubling the number of pharmacy licenses.
“This expansion will allow more entrepreneurs to join the first wave of this industry and take advantage of the growing demand for cannabis products,” said Tremaine Wright, chairman of the New York Cannabis Control Board. said at the time. “As more companies enter this market, innovation and competition will increase, leading to a higher quality experience for consumers. It will be profitable.”
The first pharmacy, which opened in Queens this week, also has the distinction of being New York’s first woman-owned cannabis retailer.
That weed shop, aka Good Grade, starts with a pop-up.
“We are thrilled to open the doors of Good Grade, our first clinic in Queens, NY,” said Good Grade owner Ecstasy James.
“We are committed to providing greater access to cannabis and breaking down the barriers that prevent so many people, especially those in marginalized communities, from experiencing the benefits of this amazing plant. We understand first hand the stigma that has been attached to cannabis for far too long and want to join the thriving cannabis community to help change it. Our pharmacy is a welcoming and inclusive space where everyone can learn, explore and find the best products for their unique needs.”