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New York State moves ahead with retail cannabis licensing

The New York State Supreme Court has lifted an injunction against the Cannabis Control Board that was preventing them from processing new applicants for legal cannabis sales outlets.

“This decision brings much needed relief to the hundreds of provisional licensees who, until now, have had their businesses sidelined,” said the CCB Chair Tremaine Wright.

This bottle neck in the licensing process has limited the number of cannabis retail outlets to just eight for the entire state of approximately 20 million residents. Now they can move ahead with processing the over 400 applicants waiting.

And beginning in July 2024 legal residents of New York State will be able to grow three adult plants and three immature plants at home.

Large multi-state companies have sued to unblock this, and now they have succeeded.

Who is the Chairperson of the Cannabis Control Board of New York State?
Tremaine Wright (born November 2, 1972) is the Chairwoman of the New York State Cannabis Control Board and a former member of the New York State Assembly from the 56th district, which includes parts of Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn.On September 1, 2021, Wright was selected by Governor Kathy Hochul to chair the Cannabis Control Board of the newly created New York Office of Cannabis Management.

Wright was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, living down the block from the home she was raised in. A graduate of Duke University and the University of Chicago Law School, Wright practiced law both in private firms and as a public defender with Brooklyn Law Services.