The New York Cannabis Control Board approved 99 new licenses on April 3, increasing the total number of Conditional Adult Retail Distributors (CAURD) provisional retail distributor licenses to 165.
“We are proud to have 99 CAURD interim licenses approved today. It marks a significant expansion of the Ding Opportunities Initiative.” Cannabis Control Board, said in a statement.
Chris Alexander, Executive Director of the Cannabis Control Board, said: industry. ”
Wright thanked New York Governor Kathy Hochul and Albany state legislators for “helping us meet this day,” adding, “The new license will allow entrepreneurs to enter the legal market.” New York’s growing cannabis supply chain while allowing fair participation.”
The Cannabis Control Board said in a press release on Monday: Weekly amendments to court injunctions that prevented the Board from issuing them. ”
The Board describes the application process as follows: To qualify, the applicant had to be a family member of someone who had a cannabis conviction or owned a profitable business. Nonprofits were eligible if they had a history of providing services, such as providing professional opportunities to currently or previously incarcerated individuals. At least he has one judicial board member. At least 5 full-time employees. Operating a social enterprise with net worth or profit for at least two years. ”
New York launched the adult cannabis market late last year with the opening of a retail store in New York City’s East Village neighborhood.
Other clinics have since opened in Manhattan, and the first legal clinic in Queens opened late last month, but Brooklyn, New York City’s most populous borough, was subject to a court-ordered ban last year. has so far been left behind.
A federal judge lifted that ban last month, paving the way for licenses to be awarded not only in Brooklyn, but also in central New York, western New York, and Mid-Hudson.
The Cannabis Control Board said on April 3 that to date, “at least one [Conditional Adult-Use Retail Dispensary, or “CAURD”] Temporary licenses in each region other than Finger Lakes, which remain blocked by injunction.”
The Commission said the CAURD license “is a central pillar of the Seeding Opportunities Initiative,” and said the initiative would allow “New York’s first legal adult retailer to be the most impacted by the enforcement of the cannabis ban.” It will be run by the people who receive it.” Or non-profit organizations that provide services, including assistance to previously incarcerated people. ”
“Marijuana laws, as stated by the MRTA, have disproportionately impacted the African-American and Latino communities. They were 15 times more likely to be arrested for a crime, and eight times more likely to be arrested for a crime.These arrests perpetuated a vicious cycle of poverty in Black and Brown communities. , the criteria for obtaining a CAURD license included being affected by the enforcement of the cannabis ban,” the commission said in a press release Monday.
“As we continue to work swiftly and fairly to establish New York’s cannabis industry, we are pleased to announce that we have added 99 CAURD provisional licenses,” said Alexander.