NEW YORK — New York state is expected to announce Monday the first recipients of retail marijuana licenses, the latest step in an arduous process riddled with legal red tape and bringing New York closer to capitalizing on the economic potential that other states have denied recreational use. have received. Marijuana sales activities in recent years.
The state board will likely reveal the first 20 to 40 retail licenses. Officials said up to 150 are expected to be available to businesses and individuals, while another 25 licenses will be reserved for non-profit organizations.
Half of the 20 to 40 retail licenses to be announced Monday are also expected to be within the five boroughs, and those ready to go could open in a matter of days or weeks, once the state approves them to proceed. gives.
The state Office of Cannabis Administration released a list of three dozen adult-use retail applicants whose licenses have been pre-approved ahead of Monday’s vote at its Harlem offices. 125th Street. In the preliminary round applicants had to demonstrate “a significant presence in the state of New York”. See the full list here.
You won’t be able to knock on doors today or tomorrow: Once a business or non-profit is licensed, it still has a round of paperwork to complete. But New York’s first recreational marijuana dispensary should be up and running by December, and that’s not even two weeks from now.
It’s unclear how many total licenses will be issued across the state or in New York City, where some in Brooklyn are waiting with bated breath after a federal judge temporarily blocked the state from issuing recreational marijuana licenses there and in other areas. stopped from for the selection process.
The judge’s order temporarily blocks the state from issuing retail licenses for the five regions of the state that Variscite selected in its commercial application: Brooklyn, Central New York, the Finger Lakes, the Central Hudson region and Western New York. It does not cover nine other regions of the state including the rest of the city.
The ruling affects 63 out of 150 possible business licenses.
New York still plans to begin adult marijuana sales later this year, starting with store owners with prior marijuana convictions or their family members. State legislators designed the legal marketplace to ensure that the first retailers were people directly affected by drug enforcement.
In addition to being sellers, hundreds of cannabis farmers who recently grew New York’s first legal crop of marijuana want clarity on when dispensaries will open to market their crop.
“They really don’t have much choice but to wait and hope they don’t suffer,” said Dan Livingston of the trade group New York Cannabis Association.
New York’s approach to legalization has received some praise for being innovative and emphasizing equity, and applicant advocate and cannabis attorney Sherrill Murray Powell advises patience. As the director of operations for the Justus Foundation, she works to help lifelong sellers become legal.