US (NY) Regulators update medical rules, issue new grower licenses and leave retail rules as is

New York’s Cannabis Control Board approved regulations for conditional dispensary licenses, updated rules for its medical program, and approved 20 new conditional cultivator licenses on the morning of the 14th of July.

During Thursday’s meeting, CCB members voted in favor of adopting final regulations for the Conditional Adult-Use Retail Dispensary (CAURD) licenses, as well as an online application portal. In order to receive the license, applicants must prove they’re justice-involved (meaning they or a family member were convicted of a marijuana crime before March 31, 2021) and have at least two years of experience owning a profitable business in addition to other requirements.

“This is a tremendous stride in the right direction,” said CCB Chair Tremaine Wright, who touted the fact that NY’s first legal dispensaries will be run by people who were negatively affected by weed prohibition. “We’re leading with equity in this state.”

CCB member Reuben McDaniel, who is working on a DASNY project to place CAURD license holders in renovated storefronts, recused himself from votes to approve the regulations and the online application.

However, some found it jarring that the Office of Cannabis Management didn’t change anything in the CAURD regulations after a 60-day public comment period, during which time they received more than 600 submissions.

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