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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.
FULL LIST OF LICENSEES
New York City
Nube NYC LLC
Carl M Anderson III
Royal Leaf NY
Gabbys Green LLC
CGG Enterprises Inc.
Suzanne M Furboter
Planet 51 LLC
Eastern Holdings 88 LLC
SAMJNY Holdings LLC
Stage One Cannabis LLC
Capital District Cannabis & Wellness Inc.
Union Chill Cannabis NY LLC
Cured NY, LLC
Brian Stark Enterprises LLC
Albert D Capraro
Strain Stars LLC
Root 13, LLC
Growth Industries NY, LLC
Keep it 100 LLC
Brent L Rogers
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
GOTHAM CAURD – STRIVE, Inc.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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