NYS Cannabis Licensing Shutdown to Remain in Place For Now

A roadblock to the rollout of legal marijuana sales across New York will likely remain in place for at least the next 2 weeks.

A State Supreme Court judge has withheld a ruling on a lawsuit brought by disabled veterans who claim they are being harmed by regulations granting the first licenses to people with past marijuana convictions, meaning his order blocking state regulators from granting any more licenses for marijuana stores remains in place for now.

The next hearing in the case is set for August 25th, and both sides have a Tuesday deadline to file revised arguments.

The order also means that licensees who have not yet opened their stores will not be approved to do so.

The veterans say the state law that legalized marijuana sales included them among those getting the first licenses.

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