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NY Cannabis Lawsuit Settled, Clearing Path for Hundreds of New Dispensaries

NEW YORK – In an effort to resolve a lawsuit brought by veterans challenging the allocation of initial dispensary licenses, the state Cannabis Control Board in New York has approved a settlement, awaiting final approval from Justice Kevin Bryant, According to Lohud.

Under the agreement, 436 provisional licensees stand to open cannabis dispensaries once applications are verified through the Conditional Adult-Use Retail Dispensary Program (CAURD), the focal point of the legal dispute.

Despite no admission of wrongdoing, the settlement includes measures to support veterans entering the cannabis industry. As the industry evolves, 2024 is expected to bring additional transformations, with major national cannabis conglomerates entering New York’s adult-use marketplace. These changes follow earlier measures allowing medical marijuana companies to operate adult-use businesses after a one-time $20 million licensing fee.

The developments mark a crucial turning point for New York’s cannabis industry, addressing past legal hurdles and setting the stage for substantial growth in the coming year.

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