OCM Director Chris Alexander And CCB Chair Tremaine Wright On CAURD Program Restart

December 2, 2023

Today, the New York State Supreme Court has lifted the preliminary injunction that had prevented the Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) from processing or reviewing Conditional Adult Use Retail Dispensary (CAURD) licenses since August 7, 2023.

The hundreds of provisional CAURD licensees impacted by this injunction will now be able to move forward with their plans to open adult-use cannabis dispensaries once they are compliant with New York’s laws and regulations. 

Below are statements from Chris Alexander, Executive Director of New York’s Office of Cannabis Management and Tremaine Wright, Chair of the Cannabis Control Board: 

“Today is a good day for New York, for the dream of equity in cannabis, and for every New Yorker hoping to have a legal, licensed cannabis dispensary in their community. New York is the only state in the nation where those harmed by prohibition, including non-profits serving formerly incarcerated individuals, are the building blocks of our cannabis industry, and we are immensely proud of this. I’m also deeply relieved for the many entrepreneurs, who have spent the last three months trapped in limbo, who are now able to open their cannabis businesses, and for our communities, which will soon begin to see more stores open faster. We never stopped fighting for the licensees whose applications can now move forward, and we’ll always continue to support them. The work continues and the whole team at OCM, thanks to the unyielding support of Governor Hochul, will deliver on the promise of the MRTA.” said Chris Alexander, Executive Director of the Office of Cannabis Management

“I am pleased that the New York State Supreme Court has lifted the preliminary injunction,” said Tremaine Wright, Chair of the NYS Cannabis Control Board. “This decision brings much-needed relief to the hundreds of provisional licensees who, until now, have had their businesses sidelined.  We remain dedicated to upholding a fair and transparent process as we continue to grow and support New York’s cannabis industry.” 


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