New Yorkers have waited for legal recreational cannabis sales for too long. Although the state legalized adult-use cannabis in March 2021, it took until November 21 of this year to hand out retail licenses.
Finally, the NYS Office of Cannabis Management made a historic announcement involving the state’s upcoming cannabis dispensaries. It states that the New York Cannabis Control Board has approved the first batch of CAURD licenses (Conditional Adult-Use Retail Dispensary licenses).
Social equity licensing is a priority for New York, encouraging minority and underserved communities to have a fair shot at thriving in the modern industry. According to the tweet from the NYS Office of Cannabis Management, 28 justice-involved individuals and 8 nonprofit organizations were selected for approval.
Below is the list of New York’s first 36 approved cannabis retail licenses, 28 of which are justice-involved individuals and 8 being nonprofit organizations:
Capital District Cannabis & Wellness Inc – Capital RegionWilliam Durham – Southern TierD-Andrews LLC – Capital RegionNube NYC LLC – The BronxGabby Green LLC – QueensEssential Flowers – Capital RegionBrian Stark Enterprises LLC – Long IslandAlbert D Capraro – Long IslandStrain Stars LLC – Long IslandOn Point Cannabis, Inc. – BinghamtonSmacked LLC – ManhattanBrent L Rogers – North CountyRoot 13, LLC – Long IslandGabriel