New York’s Cannabis License Injunction

New York’s Cannabis License Injunction

The New York State Supreme Court granted a temporary injunction this week that prevents the Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) from issuing and approving retail marijuana licenses to social equity applicants, which could potentially delay hundreds of conditional adult-use retail dispensary (CAURD) operators from opening for months.

A recent lawsuit filed by a group of disabled military veterans in New York states that the state’s system of awarding and issuing licenses to certain social equity applicants violated their constitutional rights. The suit alleges that the Office of Cannabis Management and Cannabis Control Board overstepped the authority of the state when the CAURD program was created.

Hundreds of licenses hang in the balance leaving the license holders wondering whether the injunction will become permanent and render their entire investment a loss. Many were days away from opening their doors to the public when the injunction occurred. Tune in to this week’s episode of Cannabis Legalization News to find out more about this developing story as well as other top news for the week including the 2023 Farm Bill, another lawsuit in Arkansas, a recall of cannabis gummies, and much more.

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