N.Y. Cannabis Board Settles Suits, Paving Way for Dispensaries to Open

The Cannabis Control Board voted unanimously in favor of the settlement

The New York State cannabis board voted Monday to approve a settlement that would resolve two lawsuits and end a three-month-long freeze on recreational dispensary openings across the state.

The agreement would salvage the state’s interim licensing program, which gives the first opportunities to sell cannabis legally to people who were convicted of marijuana-related offenses and others directly touched by the war on drugs.

The Cannabis Control Board voted unanimously in favor of the settlement during a brief emergency meeting. The parties that sued were expected to submit the agreement to the state supreme court in Ulster County within a day, and the judge overseeing the lawsuits was expected to approve it.

In a statement after the vote, Gov. Kathy Hochul said the settlement “will allow us to move toward this worthy goal, expanding the number of legal cannabis retailers as we continue our significant efforts to shut down illegal storefronts.”

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