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420 with CNW — Judge Rejects Challenge by Out-of-State Residents Against New York’s Cannabis Program

A recent ruling by a federal judge Anne M. Nardacci has dismissed a lawsuit challenging New York’s cannabis licensing program. The lawsuit, filed by two applicants from California, argued that the program unfairly discriminates against non-New York state residents. The ruling would allow the state to grant more licenses, which would have a big effect on a market that is primarily controlled by illegal businesses.

According to Nardacci, the public’s interest in allowing legitimately licensed entities to dominate the market outweighs the issues brought up by the plaintiffs. She noted that the plaintiffs-cited dormant Commerce Provision does not apply to illegal marijuana commerce on federal territory. Rather, due to the lack of Congressional legislation, the provision prohibits states from enacting protectionist policies that hinder interstate commerce.

The legal action, initiated in mid-December by two Los Angeles-based companies, sought a preliminary injunction and temporary restraining orders. Their goal was to halt the state’s licensing procedure during the course of litigation. Nardacci, however, denied the motions, stating that the implementation of regulated permits for the sale of marijuana products would be delayed if an injunction were granted, maintaining the dominance of illegal operators in the market.

New York attorney general Letitia James expressed satisfaction with the court’s decision, noting its significance in ensuring equitable opportunities for disproportionately affected communities within the legal marijuana industry.

New York launched its cannabis program in October last year, intending to give priority to people with past drug convictions who are seeking permits. The strategy aimed to give individuals negatively impacted by the drug war an opportunity before rivals overflowed the market.

Attorneys for the state claimed that more than 1,000 retail locations were expected to be granted licenses this year. They stated that applicants from outside the state are accommodated by the application process, which enables them to prove that they reside in regions that have been disproportionately affected by marijuana prohibition. These measures were anticipated to increase the number of licensed dispensaries, challenging the dominance of black-market vendors who operate unlicensed retail locations.

Critics point to bureaucratic obstacles as the reason for the slow growth of New York’s retail cannabis market, citing delays in the social-equity fund rollout intended to assist applicants in launching stores. The licensing process has also faced legal challenges from excluded individuals and businesses, with a recent lawsuit aiming to further delay the process.

This court victory is a win for the broader cannabis industry, including companies operating in other state markets, such as Green Thumb Industries Inc. (CSE: GTII) (OTCQX: GTBIF), since the decision leaves regulators in New York state free to proceed with the rollout of recreational cannabis sales.

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