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Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) said that the first cannabis storefront, which will be located in Manhattan, will start serving adult consumers on December 29.

The dispensary will be 4,400 square feet in an “iconic building” at 1 Astor Place. Housing Works Cannabis Co “will welcome patrons with an introductory shopping experience upon opening, with plans to carefully build out an expanded and thoughtfully curated space as cannabis products become more available,” the press release says.

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A federal judge denied motions to drop an injunction that bars New York from issuing conditional dispensary licenses in five regions, extending uncertainty surrounding the program in particular, and state cannabis markets in general.

The Tuesday decision is the latest action in a lawsuit filed against the state by Variscite NY One, a Michigan company which alleges New York’s Conditional Adult-Use Retail Dispensary (CAURD) license requirements discriminate against out-of-state cannabis operators in violation of the federal legal theory called the Dormant Commerce Clause.

In his decision on the state’s motion to dismiss the case – or at least narrow the enjoinment to a smaller geographic area – U.S. District Judge Gary Sharpe wrote the state didn’t meet standards to reverse or mitigate any part of his November decision.

“Defendants’ arguments regarding irreparable harm to them, the relative lack of harm Variscite faces, and the public interest are … unpersuasive,” Sharpe wrote, and denied the Office of Cannabis Management’s motion for a stay of the November order.

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NY’s cannabis regulators sued again, this time by the big players

It’s the lawsuit many saw coming.

A coalition that includes some of New York’s medical cannabis companies is asking a judge to compel state regulators to open up licensing for all retail dispensary applicants immediately.

The complaint, provided yesterday to NY Cannabis Insider and filed today in Albany County Supreme Court, alleges unconstitutional overreach and policymaking, egregious abdication of duties, and actions that put New Yorkers’ health and safety at risk.

The OCM declined to comment on the litigation, which is common for defendants in a lawsuit.

The Coalition for Access to Regulated & Safe Cannabis describes itself as “an unincorporated trade association” composed of registered organizations, parties that planned to pursue a dispensary license when the application window first opened, and physicians whose practices have suffered due to the state’s “neglect” of its medical cannabis program.

As of publication, here’s what we know about the group:

It’s made up of at least four registered organizations, Acreage Holdings, PharmaCann, Green Thumb Industries, and Curaleaf, a company whose chairman recently warned of litigation over New York’s approach to social justice.

It also includes two hopeful dispensary owners, one in Brooklyn and another in California, as well as a medical cannabis practitioner in Westchester.

The group is represented by NYC law firm Feuerstein Kulick.

At its core, the coalition’s complaint argues that:

“Rather than perform the tasks required by the MRTA – which would promote a safe and regulated cannabis industry for medical patients and adult-use consumers alike – CCB and OCM have improperly assumed the role of the Legislature to impose their own policies over those of New York’s elected officials and, by extension, their constituents,” the suit alleges.

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