Cannabis dispensaries in limbo
FOX 5 NY’s Chris Welch talked to one of these very anxious and confused owners.
ASTORIA, N.Y. – Jeremy Rivera has been pouring his life into his new business, Terp Bros. It’s a recreational marijuana dispensary on Ditmars Avenue in Astoria, Queens, and it was supposed to open back on August 15th.
But he and about two dozen other New York businesses that were also essentially ready to open are stuck in limbo—through no fault of their own.
“What else can I provide for them,” Rivera asks. “My bone marrow? Do you want my kidneys?”
In early August, a judge ruled that due to a pending lawsuit no new retail dispensaries would be allowed to open. But last week, the judge said those roughly two dozen businesses that were already close to opening could, in fact, still do so. Now the judge has reversed course again, asking for evidence from the state Office of Cannabis Management that those retailers have met all licensing requirements.
“I’ve gotten to the finish line, and now it feels like the finish line just keeps moving further and further back.”
— Jeremy Rivera
Rivera—who was chosen by the state to be