New cannabis dispensary licenses in New York are expected to remain temporarily on hold for at least another two weeks following a court hearing Friday.
That is because state Supreme Court Justice Kevin Bryant withheld his ruling Friday in a lawsuit that claimed regulators unconstitutionally favored people impacted by past marijuana prohibition enforcement in awarding initial dispensary licenses.
Bryant set the next court date for Aug. 25, effectively keeping in place a temporary restraining order he issued Monday that barred state officials from awarding new dispensary licenses. The lawsuit has requested a preliminary injunction against the state, which could halt cannabis dispensary licensing during a potentially lengthy legal battle over the constitutionality of the program.
A group of service-disabled veterans filed the lawsuit that asserted, in part, that cannabis regulators violated the state Constitution by exclusively granting licenses to justice-involved business owners during the initial legal marketplace rollout.
Bryant also set a deadline of Tuesday at 5 p.m. for filing revised arguments in the case. He could make a decision based on those filings, but it is more likely the ruling on the injunction would come in two weeks at the Aug. 25 hearing.