New York Officials Award First Marijuana Dispensary Licenses To People Harmed By Drug War

New York Officials Award First Marijuana Dispensary Licenses To People Harmed By Drug War
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New York regulators have approved the state’s first-ever licenses for recreational marijuana retailers. Most of the businesses are owned by people who’ve been disproportionately impacted by the war on drugs, while others are run by nonprofit organizations that have a history of helping people reenter society after having been incarcerated. The Cannabis Control Board (CCB) also gave the green light to new regulations for the market on Monday. The approval of the first 37 dispensary licenses along with a package of rules for the industry comes just days after officials selected 10 teams of firms to build out about 150 turn-key storefront facilities for social equity marijuana retailers to operate out of once the market officially launches. “This is a monumental moment, and it represents the last leg of the cannabis supply chain that requires licensure,” Tremaine Wright, chair of the CCB, said. BREAKING: In a historic decision, the #NYCCB has approved the first round of CAURD licensees. 28 Justice-involved individuals & 8 Nonprofit organizations will make the first adult use-sales by New York farmers and bring countless opportunities to our communities. #NYCCB — NYS Office of Cannabis Management (@nys_cannabis) November 21, 2022 “Not long ago, the idea of New York legalizing cannabis seems unbelievable,” she said. “Now, not only have we legalized, but we’re also building a legal adult-use market with an equity-driven approach that embodies the ambitious goals” of the state’s reform law. OCM Executive Director Chris Alexander said that he’s especially glad to see the first retailer approvals focus of justice-involved individuals, stating that those people should be “the bedrock of our industry.” “It’s incredible to see how the team here has worked so hard to bring it to life,” he said. “There’s more CAURD licenses under review and we will continue to issue licenses on a…

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