Judge Blocks The State From Issuing Local Recreational Marijuana Licenses

A federal judge has granted a preliminary injunction blocking the state from issuing some of the first licenses for recreational marijuana businesses.

Under the state law, the first licenses are supposed to go to New Yorkers or family members with past marijuana convictions.

But the judge sided with a Michigan company that claims the law discriminates against applicants who don't live in New York, in violation of a federal commerce clause.

The ruling means the state is blocked from issuing the first licenses in five of 13 regions in the state -- including the Rochester region.

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