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Federal Injunction Stalls Opening of Dispensaries for WNY CAURD Applicants

First off, what is an injunction? An injunction is an order from a Court that requires a person to do or not do something.  They generally come in two flavors: preliminary and permanent.  A “preliminary” injunction is used while a lawsuit is pending to preserve the status quo...
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Legislative Update: New York Opens its Conditional Adult-Use Retail Dispensary

In our last article, we covered the proposed Conditional Adult-Use Retail Dispensary (“CAURD”) regulations. During the public comment period, the Cannabis Control Board received more than 600 public comments. After addressing commenters’ concerns, the Board approved the final regul...
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Empire State Cannabis Update: Roadmap for Navigating the Rules of the Adult-Use Market

A year and a half after New York passed into law its comprehensive cannabis legalization bill, the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA), the state’s adult-use market is beginning to take shape. Regulators at the Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) and Cannabis Control Board (CCB) have...
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3 Conditional Market Lessons for Future Cannabis Applicants

Although New York State legalized the possession and use of cannabis by individuals 21 and older in March of 2021 by passing the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA), no legal adult-use sales have occurred. To date, state regulators from the Cannabis Control Board (CCB) and Office of Cannabi...
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NY Releases Proposed CAURD Regulations and Medical Home-Grow Rules

After months of silence, there is finally some momentum in New York towards the retail sale of adult-use cannabis. The Cannabis Control Board (the “Board”) released proposed regulations pertaining to conditional adult-use retail dispensary licenses. The proposed regulations, which are su...
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NY Airports Will No Longer Seize Marijuana

You can now fly with marijuana in New York State. Now that marijuana is legal for recreational and medicinal purposes in many states, including New York, TSA and Albany International Airport has changed its rules on the arrest and confiscation of marijuana. Albany International is not the only air...
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What to expect with legalization in New York

In New York, everybody from the entrepreneur to the connoisseur is asking one question: “How can I get involved in the legal weed industry?” Although it is technically legal, you shouldn’t turn on the lights and pitch a tent—yet. Currently, implementation of the adult-use pr...
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Crystal Peoples-Stokes: Q&A About Cannabis Reform

We recently had the opportunity to discuss the future of cannabis in our region with New York State Assembly Majority Leader and Sponsor of the Marijuana Taxation and Regulation Act (MRTA), Crystal Peoples-Stokes. Q:  What do you see on the horizon for the cannabis industry in Western New York...
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Cuomo Resignation May Speed up Legalization

For several years now, many states in the US have made the decision to decriminalize marijuana possession and allow the growing and distribution of recreational marijuana. While many states still have yet to make headway on this groundbreaking change in policy, New York was feeling the pressure to d...
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