‘It’s about time’
New York state cannabis regulators approved sweeping new rules Tuesday, opening up the application process to operate licensed pot stores that have been limited to the “justice-involved” — those convicted of marijuana crimes when the drug was illegal.
The new rules will allow “social equity” applicants — including disabled military veterans, minority and women business-led firms and distressed farmers — to apply to operate a weed dispensary beginning Oct. 4.
Four disabled vets had sued Gov. Kathy Hochul’s administration and the state Cannabis Control Board for excluding them from applying for the first-round licenses and instead awarding them to applicants with pot convictions.
A state judge recently issued an injunction barring the state from issuing any more licenses, saying the preference for weed felons likely violated the state law legalizing marijuana for recreational use.
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