News | 11.22.2022

New York Dispensaries Are Here! See The First 36 License Holders To Get Approved

Today marks a milestone in New York's cannabis space.

New Yorkers have waited for legal recreational cannabis sales for too long. Although the state legalized adult-use cannabis in March 2021, it took until November 21 of this year to hand out retail licenses.

Finally, the NYS Office of Cannabis Management made a historic announcement involving the state’s upcoming cannabis dispensaries. It states that the New York Cannabis Control Board has approved the first batch of CAURD licenses (Conditional Adult-Use Retail Dispensary licenses).

Social equity licensing is a priority for New York, encouraging minority and underserved communities to have a fair shot at thriving in the modern industry. According to the tweet from the NYS Office of Cannabis Management, 28 justice-involved individuals and 8 nonprofit organizations were selected for approval.

Below is the list of New York’s first 36 approved cannabis retail licenses, 28 of which are justice-involved individuals and 8 being nonprofit organizations:

  • Capital District Cannabis & Wellness Inc – Capital Region
  • William Durham – Southern Tier
  • D-Andrews LLC – Capital Region
  • Nube NYC LLC – The Bronx
  • Gabby Green LLC – Queens
  • Essential Flowers – Capital Region
  • Brian Stark Enterprises LLC – Long Island
  • Albert D Capraro – Long Island
  • Strain Stars LLC – Long Island
  • On Point Cannabis, Inc. – Binghamton
  • Smacked LLC – Manhattan
  • Brent L Rogers – North County
  • Root 13, LLC – Long Island
  • Gabriel Marin – Manhattan
  • Housing Works Cannabis LLC – New York City
  • Florisun LLC – Manhattan
  • Growth Industries – Long Island
  • The Doe Fund LLC – New York City
  • Carl M. Anderson III – The Bronx
  • Royal Leaf NY LLC – The Bronx
  • Keep It A 100 LLC – Long Island
  • CGG Enterprises Inc – Queens
  • CURED NY, LLC – Mohawk Valley
  • Kush & Kemet, LLC – Queens
  • Urban Weeds LLC – Queens
  • GOTHAM CAURD LLC – New York City
  • CWS Holdings I, LLC – Ithaca
  • EASTERN HOLDINGS 88 LIC – Staten Island
  • PLANET 51 LLC – Manhattan
  • Stage One Cannabis LLC – Capital Region
  • Suzanne M Furboter – Queens
  • NYCCABUDS – Center for Community Alternatives – NYC, Rochester, and Syracuse
  • Anthony Crapanzano – Queens
  • SAMJNY Holdings LLC – Staten Island
  • Union Chill Cannabis NY LLC – Southern Tier
  • Hydro Phonics – Long Island

New York’s recreational cannabis retail is expected to launch by the end of 2022. This might be true, considering there is allegedly $750 million worth of state-legal cannabis grown by New York farmers that are packaged and ready to hit the shelves.

New Yorkers have waited patiently for this promise to become a reality, and today’s first 36 licenses are an excellent start.

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