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US (NY): Western New York growers brace for conditional cannabis license rollout

Western New York's budding cannabis industry reached a historic high Monday night, with the cannabis control board issuing four conditional cannabis licenses to Western New York dispensaries.
The news is finally lighting a path from seed to sale for cultivators like Tom Szulist two years after the law passed.
"This is a new industry, and anytime you're dealing with something new, it never happens as quickly as you want it to and as easy as you want to, but in the long term, they're doing it right," said Szulist, who owns Singer Farm Naturals.

It comes after a judge partially released an injunction last Tuesday that prevented Western New York and four other regions from obtaining CAURD licenses, now leaving only the Finger Lakes under restriction.
The ruling marked a turning point and shifted the attention to permanent licenses and their anticipated application period this fall despite frustration across the industry over the CAURD program's delayed timeline.

"We're kind of on target in terms of a two-year, three-year rollout is not uncommon to see in legal states," said Joe Schafer, attorney at Lippes Mathias LLP. "So while obviously there was a ton of excitement back in March of 2021 when this got passed, the real work is about to be done."


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