With less than two weeks until marijuana retail licenses open, how many dispensary spots has NY secured? – newyorkupstate.com

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Under the Office of Cannabis Management’s conditional adult-use retail dispensary program, licensees must agree to locate in a storefront provided by the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York.

DASNY tapped real estate giant CBRE in March to find and secure these locations under the program. A design/build team would then renovate those spots into turnkey dispensaries where CAURD licensees would run their businesses. The application period for that license, it was announced yesterday, opens in less than two weeks.

However, spokesman Jason Gough from Gov. Kathy Hochul’s office told NY Cannabis Insider this week that “No locations have been secured as yet.”

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OCM has repeatedly said the agency expects the first retail dispensary to open by the end of the year. The fact that DASNY has yet to secure a single property for the CAURD program raises questions about that timeline, said Simon Malinowski, a real estate and cannabis attorney for the Harris Bricken law firm.

“If, in fact, they have not yet secured real

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