Settlement reached in lawsuit that blocked 400+ NY dispensaries from opening – News 12 Westchester

Nov 27, 2023, 10:39pmUpdated 6h ago

Dispensary owners Shantel Libron and her father Howard cheered, hugged and high-fived as they learned during a special meeting of the New York State Cannabis Control Board that a settlement has been reached in a lawsuit that has been blocking more than 400 licensed recreational dispensaries from opening.

“Now we have the means to let our budtenders, let our staff know, ‘Hey listen, come in and get trained because we’re ready to go,'” Shantel Libron said Monday just after the CCB voted to approve the settlement between the New York Office of Cannabis Management and several individuals and companies who sued over the state’s social justice dispensary licensing policy.

State Supreme Court Judge Kevin Bryant issued an injunction in mid-August blocking new licensees from opening shop, just days before several mid-Hudson dispensaries were about to open.

A group of four disabled veterans sued the OCM over its social justice licensing policy which granted the first 450 licenses to people who have been convicted of cannabis-related offenses.

The injunction was meant to temporarily freeze the licensing system until the lawsuit was resolved.

The lawsuit was combined with a similar one brought earlier this year by a coalition

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