State cannabis regulators vote to settle lawsuit that blocked … – WXXI News

The state Cannabis Control Board on Monday approved a settlement that could end a lawsuit which had stalled the opening of dispensaries across the state.

The board, which sets regulations for the state cannabis industry, met Monday to vote on the proposed settlement.

State Supreme Court Justice Kevin Bryant, the judge handling the lawsuit, still has to sign off on the settlement and dismiss the case.

“Today’s approval of the settlement agreement by the New York State Cannabis Control Board marks a momentous step forward in our mission to cultivate a diverse and inclusive cannabis market,” Tremaine Wright, chair of the Cannabis Control Board, said in a statement. “Once this settlement is approved, we are hopeful those impacted by the injunction will be empowered to open their storefronts and embark on their entrepreneurial journeys, bringing us closer to our goals.

Carmine Fiore, William Norgard, Steve Mejia, and Dominic Spaccio filed a lawsuit against the Cannabis Control Board on August 2. They’re all service-disabled veterans who had planned to open recreational cannabis dispensaries.

Their complaint took aim at the state’s Conditional Adult-Use Retail Dispensary, or CAURD, licenses. Those licenses were intended to alleviate damage from years of cannabis criminalization by putting individuals who had previous cannabis

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