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NEW YORK (WABC) — The New York State Cannabis Control Board has approved the state’s first Conditional Adult-Use Retail Dispensary (CUARD) licenses.

The approvals were announced at a public hearing Monday morning.

The Office of Cannabis Management received over 900 applications for licenses.

In this first round, the board approved 36 provisional licensees, including 28 qualifying individuals and 8 nonprofit CAURD applicants.

At least one CAURD license was granted in each available region of the state.

Monday’s announcement came following last-minute controversy over the licensing process.

A total of 150 licenses will eventually be made available, but earlier this month a federal judge issued an injunction temporarily blocking license approval in some parts of the state.

The counties in which the license approvals were being challenged include Brooklyn and Westchester.

One company sued New York and its Office of Cannabis Management in September, claiming it gave preference to in-state residents.

New York legalized recreational use of marijuana in March 2021 but is still in the process of licensing people to sell it.

Under pressure to launch one of the nation’s most hotly anticipated legal marijuana markets, the state Cannabis Control Board moved to award some dispensary licenses to entrepreneurs and nonprofit groups.

It’s a major step that came as cannabis regulators stress that they’re trying to stop unlicensed sellers.


New York City


Carl M Anderson III

Royal Leaf NY

Gabbys Green LLC

CGG Enterprises Inc.

Suzanne M Furboter

Anthony Crapanzano

Smacked LLC

Gabriel Marin

Planet 51 LLC

Florisun LLC

Eastern Holdings 88 LLC


Capital Region

Stage One Cannabis LLC

D-Andrews LLC

Essential Flowers

Capital District Cannabis & Wellness Inc.

Southern Tier

William Durham

Union Chill Cannabis NY LLC

Mohawk Valley

Cured NY, LLC

Long Island

Brian Stark Enterprises LLC

Albert D Capraro

Strain Stars LLC

Root 13, LLC

Growth Industries NY, LLC

Keep it 100 LLC

Hydo Phonics

North Country

Brent L Rogers

Non-For Profit

Housing Works Cannabis, LLC – HOUSING WORKS

The Doe Store LLC – Doe Fund

Urban Weeds LLC – Urban Upbound

CWS Holdings I, LLC — Challenge Industries

NYCCABUDS – Center for Community Alternatives

Kush & Kemet LLC – LIFE CAMPS

On Point Cannabis, INC. – Broome County Urban League


The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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