A court Fighting to stop New York, awarding marijuana Dispensary Licenses in Some Parts of the State could It can endanger small farms that just harvested the first harvest. cannabis Officials warned Tuesday that crop was on the horizon.
New York issued Monday its 36 first dispensary licenses. This will be the only state in which recreational marijuana can be purchased. marijuana Legally sold.
However, the state has been forced to postpone plans to allow scores of dispensaries due to a legal problem battle over Its licensing criteria.
U.S. District Judge Gary Sharpe in Albany blocked the state from issuing licenses Brooklyn and large swathes of the Upstate New York, after a Michigan resident owned company challenged the requirement that applicants show proof “a significant presence in New York state.”
In a court The state requested the judge to relax the injunction so that it would not jeopardize a Tuesday filing marijuana harvest Retailers are still waiting for the distribution of this estimated $1.5 Billion.
“If the farmers, who were already issued cultivating licenses, have nowhere to sell their crop, they will lose the millions of dollars that have been collectively invested in their businesses, some may lose their businesses, and they will otherwise be forced into the predicament of either watching their crops rot and expire or selling them on the illicit market,” Assistant Attorney General Amanda Kuryluk wrote.
The court filing, made on behalf of the state’s Office of Cannabis Management, suggested that the company challenging its exclusion from the applicant pool, Variscite NY One, would most likely only be considered for a dispensary in the Finger Lakes region in the state’s center.
Four other areas, including the central and western regions, were blocked by the state from issuing licenses New York, Brooklyn, and the middle-Hudson, would all be affected. “significantly more harm than necessary,” The state disagreed.
It was not known when Sharpe would rule on the application.
Variscite’s lawyer Christian Kernkamp stated in an email that Variscite had hoped to settle the case before it became a problem. marijuana Sales, but the state refused settlement
“The injunction could be over tomorrow, but the State prefers instead to litigate even though the court has already found a ‘clear likelihood’ that the State violated Variscite’s constitutional rights,” He stated.
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