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Applications for New York State CAURD marijuana retail licenses open 8/25

ALBANY, NY (August 16, 2022) – The New York State Office of Cannabis Management will begin accepting applications for Conditional Adult-Use Retail Dispensary (CAURD) licenses beginning August 25, 2022.

Why it matters: The first sales of adult-use cannabis in New York, with products grown by New York farmers, in legal adult-use retail dispensaries are conducted by individuals with a marijuana-related conviction or their family members.

Conditional Adult-Use Retail Dispensary (CAURD) License Requirements.

  • The individual must have a marijuana-related conviction that occurred prior to the passage of the Marijuana Ordinance and Tax Act (March 31, 2021); or
  • The individual must have a parent, legal guardian, child, spouse, or family member convicted of a marijuana-related offense by the New York State MRTA
  • Have experience of owning and operating a qualified business

CAURD License Program Schedule:

  • Cannabis Control Board Votes to Issue Proposed Regulations for CAURD Licensees for Public Comment (March 2022)
  • Public comment period ends (May 31, 2022)
  • Cannabis Control Board Approved Final Rules and Regulations (July 14, 2022)
  • CAURD License Application Portal Launches in New York State Business Express (25 August 2022)
  • CAURD License Application Window Closes (September 26, 2022)

Opt-in/opt-out:

In 2021, the Rockefeller Institute created the Marijuana Opt-Out Tracker, a database to report which communities have made the decision to opt out of on-site adult marijuana dispensaries and/or consumption lounges in their jurisdiction. The Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government is a public policy think tank based in Albany, NY

Westchester communities that allow retail pharmacies

  • Cortlandt (City)
  • Croton on Hudson (village)
  • Greenburgh (City)
  • Hastings on Hudson (village)
  • Mount Vernon (City)
  • New Rochelle (City)
  • Ossining (town)
  • Ossining (village)
  • Peekskill (City)
  • Pelham (town)
  • Pound Ridge (City)
  • Rye (City)
  • Sleepy Hollow (Village)
  • Tarrytown (village)
  • White Plains (City)
  • Yonkers (City)

Communities in Westchester that allow on-site consumption lounges

  • Mount Vernon (City)
  • New Rochelle (City)
  • Peekskill (City)
  • Pelham (town)
  • Pound Ridge (City)
  • Rye (City)
  • Sleepy Hollow (Village)
  • White Plains (City)
  • Yonkers (City)

What you say:

Cannabis Control Board Chair Tremaine Wright: “Today’s announcement brings us to the precipice of legal, licensed cannabis sales in New York State. With the Seeding Opportunity Initiative, New York has reaffirmed our commitment to ensure the first sales are made by those who will be harmed by the ban. We are writing a new playbook on what a just start to a cannabis industry looks like, and we hope future states will follow suit.”

Office of Cannabis Management Chief Executive Chris Alexander: “(On August 25) my team will begin accepting applications for adult-use cannabis retail supplies. This is a monumental step in building the most equitable, diverse and accessible cannabis industry in the country. We have worked to make this application as easy as possible for all interested applicants and I cannot stress enough that you do not need any legal expertise to complete this application.”

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