New York Cannabis Regulators Opens Cannabis Licenses To Disabled Vets, Momen, Minorities During Legal Battle

‘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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