Judge Gary L. Sharpe of the New York Federal District Court in Syracuse issued an order barring New York's retail cannabis dispensary application process in some state regions, which will affect dispensaries in Brooklyn, central New York, the Finger Lakes, Mid-Hudson and western New York. These regions will need to wait to obtain their Adult Conditional Use Retail Dispensary ("CAURD") licenses until a lawsuit filed by a Michigan-based company is resolved.

What Happened?

According to the federal judge, New York state will have to wait for the resolution of a lawsuit filed by a Michigan-based company challenging the program’s selection requirements before issuing the first batch of retail licenses for recreational cannabis in the regions mentioned above.

The Case

Brought by Variscite NY One, the case argues that requirements for applicants with a cannabis-related conviction under New York state law and significant ties to the state violate constitutional protections of …

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