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PROGRAMMING NOTE: We’ll be off for Thanksgiving this Thursday and Friday but back to our normal schedule on Monday, Nov. 28.

Good morning and welcome to Monday’s New York Health Care newsletter, where we keep you posted on what’s coming up this week in health care news, and offer a look back at the important news from last week.

Beat Memo

Today’s the day! Almost two months after the application deadline — and nearly two years after the state legalized marijuana — cannabis regulators are expected to approve New York’s first adult-use retail dispensary licenses.

The Cannabis Control Board is slated to take up some conditional adult-use retail dispensary license applications when it meets this morning. In total, the state will award 150 CAURD licenses, which are reserved for New Yorkers with business experience and prior marijuana convictions. About three dozen applicants will go before the panel for approval today.

The expected action comes despite a legal challenge that has barred the state from moving forward with CAURD licenses in five of the program’s 14 geographic regions, putting about 60 licenses on hold. And that number could grow if similar lawsuits spring up targeting other regions.

But while the Cannabis Control Board

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