First recreational marijuana dispensary licenses in New York will go to those impacted by criminal convictions – Buffalo News

Natalie Brophy

New York is gearing up to start the application process for the first recreational cannabis dispensary licenses, which will be awarded to residents who have been impacted by a marijuana-related criminal conviction.

The state Cannabis Control Board is expected to approve the proposed application and regulations during its meeting on Thursday

According to the proposed regulations, applicants must meet two eligibility requirements to qualify for the license:

They or a parents, guardian, child, spouse or dependent must have a cannabis-related conviction from before March 31, 2021.Have experience owning and operating a successful business in New York state. 

With these regulations, the state is charting “a new course for how cannabis markets can be established with equity and inclusivity at the forefront,” Office of Cannabis Management Executive Director Chris Alexander said.

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