The New York State Cannabis Authority last week eased restrictions on the location of the state’s first cannabis dispensaries, allowing business owners to choose the location of their retail operations. Prior to the change, new business owners had to accept retail store locations assigned by government agencies.
The change comes just three weeks before licensed retail sales of recreational marijuana are scheduled to begin in New York, and licensees of new retail cannabis outlets will be able to relocate their businesses once they receive state approval. Flexible choice. The new policy is also expected to reduce the burden on the New York Department of Dormitory (DASNY). DASNY is tasked with providing new cannabis business owners with access to financing and real estate to set up their businesses. The change was announced by the state’s cannabis regulatory agency, the Office of Cannabis Control (OCM), in a statement Friday. according to reports from new york times.
Last month, OCM asked 28 individuals with a previous marijuana-related conviction and eight non-profit organizations that serve people previously arrested or convicted of marijuana crimes for the first time. Announced that 30 Conditional Adult Retail Distributor (CAURD) licenses have been issued. Under this plan, licensees are eligible for turnkey pharmacy sites to find business. So far, however, DASNY has struggled to secure and prepare the retail outlets needed to launch the 175 cannabis dispensaries planned under the CAURD licensing program, with retail sales expected to begin by the end of the year. The question arises as to whether or not
OCM Chief Executive Officer Damien Fagon said the agency made the change after consulting with the first business owner to be awarded the license. The decision also eases the pressure on DASNY to speed up the leasing process.
“It’s important to adapt to changing circumstances and make this work in New York,” Fagon said, adding, “People are ready to make money and we’re ready to make it as easy as possible.” it’s finished.”
Agency signs first lease for pharmacy storefront
At a DASNY conference last week, President and CEO Reuben R. McDaniel III announced that he had signed the first lease for a retail cannabis dealership site for a Harlem estate located just steps away from the famous Apollo Theater. Announced.
“We are pleased to announce that we signed our first lease last night,” he told DASNY’s board of directors. “People familiar with Harlem can stand in Apollo and throw a baseball across the street.”
McDaniel said the design team has completed preliminary plans for the 2,800-square-foot site, and construction will begin once the final plans are approved by DASNY. He did not disclose which licensees will be awarded the business locations, but said the agency hopes to sign more leases by the end of the year.
Keshawn Warner is one of the business owners licensed to sell cannabis retail under the CAURD program. Warner, who runs a drug store in Harlem called The Pharmacy with his wife, said he hadn’t yet been told where the pharmacy was located, and he also said he had a plan before the store opened. We are awaiting official notification of the rules governing cannabis delivery operations.
“Place, you obviously have your desires” warner said New York’s online news source The City. “For me, the most important thing is the effectiveness of the rollout.”
“If it’s in Harlem, it’s great for Harlem,” he added. “It’s a moment in history.”
Vladimir Bautista, chief executive of New York lifestyle and events brand Happy Munkey and retail license applicant, has announced a new OCM policy that will allow cannabis dispensary owners to choose the location of their business. said it will give cannabis dispensary owners more flexibility in starting their businesses. timely way.
“I think it’s a step in the right direction,” he said. “If we were only relying on the country, that would limit us.”