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 on Monday morning.
The Office of Cannabis Management received over 900 license applications.
In this first round, the Board approved 36 provisional licensees, including 28 qualified individuals and 8 non-profit CAURD applicants.
At least one CAURD license has been issued in each available region of the state.
Monday’s announcement came after a 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.
Counties where license permits have been challenged include Brooklyn and Westchester.
One company sued New York and its Office of Cannabis Management in September, claiming it favored residents of the state.
New York legalized the recreational use of marijuana in March 2021, but is still in the process of licensing people to sell it.
Under pressure to open one of the most anticipated legal marijuana markets in the country, the state’s Cannabis Control Board has decided to grant some dispensary licenses to entrepreneurs and nonprofit groups.
This is an important step as cannabis regulators stress that they are trying to stop unlicensed sellers.
COMPLETE LIST OF LICENSEES
Nube NYC LLC
Carl M Anderson III
Royal Leaf New York
Gabby’s Green LLC
CGG Enterprises Inc.
Suzanne M. Furboter
Planet 51 LLC
Eastern Holdings 88 LLC
SAMJNY Holdings LLC
Stage One Cannabis LLC
Cannabis in the Capital District & 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 at 100 LLC
Brent L Rogers
Not 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
cuddle & Kemet LLC – LIVING STORE
On Point Cannabis, INC. – Urban League of Broome County
GOTHAM CAURD – STRIVE, INC.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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