Santa Barbara County Nearing Final Selection for Retail Cannabis Dispensaries – Santa Barbara Independent

After a months-long process to select six storefront cannabis dispensaries in Santa Barbara County, the undertaking is about to wrap up.

The county selected six separate unincorporated areas of the county that one retail storefront can occupy each. There are 20 applicants who have made it to the final round and are vying for the six spots. The county is now going to rank them based on “neighborhood compatibility” and site inspections. Only the top-ranked applicant in each area will be able to apply for a cannabis dispensary business license. 

Out of the six areas — Orcutt, Los Alamos, Santa Ynez, Isla Vista/Goleta Valley, Eastern Goleta Valley, and Toro Canyon/Summerland — Isla Vista, a college community, is the most popular. Eight of the 20 applications alone were for Isla Vista. Coastal and The Farmacy, two dispensaries that already have locations in Santa Barbara, were among the eight that applied in Isla Vista. 

Other already existing local dispensaries were among the applicants. The Farmacy had a second application in on a Santa Ynez address, and Jushi, the company behind the Beyond / Hello dispensary on upper State Street, has an application in Orcutt. Brittany Heaton, principal analyst

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Union Says Del. Dispensary Refuses To Arbitrate Grievances – Law360

Law360 (March 31, 2021, 4:17 PM EDT) — A Delaware marijuana dispensary has refused to arbitrate a union’s grievances over concerns about the company’s handling of COVID-19 in the workplace and firing of four workers, the union alleged in a federal lawsuit seeking to force arbitration in the dispute.

In the lawsuit filed in Delaware federal court Tuesday, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 27 asks a federal judge to force Compassionate Care Research Institute Inc. to arbitrate five grievances the union filed in May and early June. UFCW Local 27 says the company, which does business as Fresh Delaware, has incorrectly insisted that the grievances are not arbitrable and ignored the…

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Marijuana is legal in NY, but dispensaries won’t pop up in neighborhoods overnight – WPIX 11 New York

NEW YORK — New Yorkers who have been waiting years for marijuana legalization in the state will face another test of their patience as lawmakers begin the arduous work of setting up the infrastructure of a new regulated market within the confines of social justice and safety measures baked into the law.

While Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the legislation into law on Wednesday, the state needs time to establish regulations as well as a cannabis board that will oversee the recreational market.

Additionally, there’s a provision in the law that allows cities, towns and villages to opt out of allowing retail sales in their area. Local governments have nine months to make that decision.

Marijuana legalization in NY: Timeline, decriminalization, taxes and more to know

The law allows recreational sales of marijuana to begin April 1, 2022, however, lawmakers have warned it may take longer to bring the market to scale.

Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes, who co-sponsored the legislation, estimated it could take 18 months to two years for legal sales to begin.

A spokesperson for State Sen. Liz Krueger, another bill co-sponsor, hedged the time frame slightly, suggesting New Yorkers could see

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New York Officially Legalizes Adult-Use Cannabis

Start spreading the news: weed is legal today in old New York. 

On Wednesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation legalizing recreational marijuana for adults 21 and older in the state, the culmination of several years of false starts and failed efforts.

In a statement, Cuomo hailed the moment as “a historic day in New York—one that rights the wrongs of the past by putting an end to harsh prison sentences, embraces an industry that will grow the Empire State’s economy, and prioritizes marginalized communities so those that have suffered the most will be the first to reap the benefits.”

The law paves the way for the creation of a new marijuana industry in the state, though regulated sales of pot aren’t expected to begin for at least 18 months. But the new law will also usher in some immediate changes. For example, New Yorkers are now legally allowed to possess up to three ounces of cannabis and 24 grams of cannabis concentrate. And according to the New York Times, New Yorkers “are permitted to smoke cannabis in public wherever smoking tobacco is allowed, though localities and a new state agency could create regulations to more strictly control smoking cannabis in public,” though smoking

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Oklahoma Dispensary Association engages lobbying firm – The Journal Record – Journal Record

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