New York’s First Recreational Marijuana Dispensaries Could Be Approved Within Weeks, Top Regulator Says – Marijuana Moment

The first New York recreational marijuana retailer licenses could be approved in about two weeks, a top regulator said on Thursday, previewing plans for an upcoming Cannabis Control Board (CCB) meeting.

While nothing has been formally scheduled and announced yet, CCB is expected to meet on November 21 and potentially approve the first set of Conditional Adult Use Retail Dispensary (CAURD) licenses, Axel Bernabe of the Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) said at the Business of Cannabis conference in New York City.

Regulators have said on several occasions in recent months that they’re on track to have adult-use marijuana storefronts open by the end of the year, but the comments from Bernabe are more specific about the timeline. He said the state is in a “position” to meet that goal.

Axel Bernabe, the chief of staff for the Office of Cannabis Management, says his agency has scored applications and will recommend approval for applicants who represent the “top of the class.” 2/2

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Tremaine Wright, chair of the CCB, similarly said on a separate panel on Thursday that “we are on target” to open the first cannabis storefronts, owned by people who’ve

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