New conditional permit proposed for cannabis dispensaries to add consumption –

Two NY weed industry stakeholders are proposing that the state allow some cannabis dispensaries to include consumption lounges and certain venues like restaurants and theaters to serve marijuana products.

Reggie Keith – a legacy operator who runs Canna-House, a Buffalo-based private social club centered around marijuana – teamed up with Kaelan Castetter, the managing director of industry consulting firm The Castetter Cannabis Group, to develop the recommendations. Both said their proposal has been getting traction from industry stakeholders and regulators.

In addition to Keith and Castetter, some well-known players in the NY cannabis industry signed onto the proposal, including Gilbert “Berner” Milam, Jr., of Cookies, Mic Golden of The Higher Calling and Vladamir Bautista of Happy Munkey.

If approved, this would be the fourth conditional cannabis permit, after the Office of Cannabis Management and legislators approved conditional licenses for cultivation, processing and retail. None of the conditional licenses – or the proposed special-use permit – were outlined in the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act.

Plus, there are skeptics who worry the plan could introduce new complications to the licensing process and possibly create more challenges for social equity businesses.

“We need to determine the market for this,” said Amber Littlejohn, the executive director of the

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