The New York State Cannabis Control Board on Monday provisionally approved 99 more Conditional Adult-Use Retail Dispensary licenses, increasing New York’s total provisional retail-dispensary licenses to 165.
The licenses included four for Western New York, one for Central New York, five for Mid-Hudson, and three for Brooklyn, marking the first provisional licenses to be issued in these regions following last week’s modification of a court injunction that had prevented the Board from issuing them. However, no dispensary licenses were approved for the Finger Lakes region, which remains the only area still affected by a court injunction due to a lawsuit filed by an out-of-state company that was barred from applying for a license in New York. To date, the Board has granted at least one CAURD provisional license in each region other than the Finger Lakes, which remains blocked by the injunction.
“We are thrilled to announce the addition of 99 more CAURD provisional licenses as we continue to work swiftly and equitably to establish New York’s cannabis industry,” said Chris Alexander, Executive Director of the Office of Cannabis Management. “The approval of these licenses will help expedite building a robust and diverse supply chain while also ensuring that individuals that have been disproportionately impacted by cannabis prohibition have meaningful opportunities to participate in the industry.”
The Cannabis Control Board approved 1 additional laboratory permit today for Certainty Analytical Labs in Rochester, bringing the total laboratories permitted to conduct adult-use and medical cannabis testing in New York State to 13. The approval of this permit serves as a critical part of New York’s equity-first supply chain, helping to bring safer cannabis products onto the shelves of New York’s first adult-use cannabis retail dispensaries.