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Cannabis Control Board Approves Seven Finger Lakes Licenses


On Thursday, the New York State Cannabis Control Board (CCB) provisionally approved 36 new Conditional Adult-Use Retail Dispensary (CAURD) licenses, including seven in the Finger Lakes region, the last region in the State able to accommodate licensed cannabis sales following the recent settlement of prior litigation.

Finger Lakes recipients include:

  • High Points of the Finger Lakes LLC
  • Canna Life LLC
  • MJ Dispensary LLC
  • William J. Wheeler
  • Northfield Consulting LLC
  • Scott M General

The number of New York’s total retail-dispensary licenses issued now stands at 251.

“As Chair of the Subcommittee on Cannabis and a proud representative from Rochester, I am relieved and pleased to see the first CAURD licensees announced for the Finger Lakes Region,” said Senator Jeremy Cooney, Chair of the Senate Subcommittee on Cannabis. “This is a huge step forward for our region, its retail applicants, legal customers, and our communities, which have suffered disinvestment for years. I thank Governor Hochul and the Office of Cannabis Management for their commitment to resolving the lawsuit restricting access for our region, and look forward to attending the opening of the Finger Lakes’ first dispensary in the near future!”

New York’s first legal adult-use cannabis retail dispensaries are operated by individuals most impacted by the unjust enforcement of the prohibition against cannabis, or by nonprofit organizations whose services include support for the formerly incarcerated.

The CCB will continue reviewing CAURD license applications for consideration on a rolling basis. Applicants were required to either have had a cannabis conviction or be the family member of someone with a cannabis conviction, in addition to having owned a profitable business at some point in time. Nonprofits with a history of serving formerly incarcerated or currently incarcerated individuals were eligible to apply for a CAURD license.

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