Why is it so difficult for dispensary owners to navigate state regulations? – WIVB.com – News 4

BLASDELL, N.Y. (WIVB) — It’s been a difficult road for cannabis dispensaries in New York State to get a license and open their doors. Even now, some say they don’t have resources the state promised to give them.

716 Cannabis in Blasdell told News 4 it was told the process would be turn key and simple. After receiving a provisional license and applying in 2022, it took 18 months to secure a conditional license to open the store. The dispensary isn’t sure when they will be able to apply for a more permanent license.

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“We put a whole bunch of people in charge of making cannabis policy and they have no idea about cannabis. To have to follow the law and do the best that we can, is frustrating,” John Duncan, co-owner of 716 Cannabis, said.

Duncan and his wife, Ashley Brown, own the dispensary on Electric Ave. in Blasdell. They applied to get a license through the CAURD program, which was created to ensure people impacted by the war on drugs could open store fronts first.


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