September 3, 2022 | Written By Craig E. Yaris
Conditional Adult-Use Retail Dispensary Applications
New York has started to accept applications for their Conditional Adult-Use Retail Dispensary (CAURD) licenses and will continue to do so until September 26, 2022. These licenses are for establishing businesses owned by “justice-involved” individuals. Two questions that this brings to mind are:
1. When will applications be considered, and
2. What is a “Justice-Involved” individual?
1. When will the applications be reviewed?
According to the Office of Cannabis Management, all the license applications will be considered together, after the close of the application period. No licenses will be issued before that time (September 26, 2022). That means that there is no benefit to an early application but should an individual wish to file for a CAURD license, then they need to ensure that they are submitted no later than the final date.
2. What does it mean to be Justice Involved?
According to the NYS Cannabis Website, a Justice Involved individual is, “someone who has been convicted of a marihuana-related offense in New York State before March 31, 2021, someone whose parent, spouse, child, legal guardian, or dependent has been convicted of a marihuana-related offense in New York State before March 31, 2021; or someone who is the dependent of someone who has been convicted of a marihuana-related offense in New York State before March 31, 2021.” Individuals who can provide evidence that they (or a family member or dependent, etc.) were arrested for a marijuana-related offense but were convicted of another offense, would also be considered.
To determine a marijuana related offense, you need to review Section 137 of NYS Cannabis Law, which defines the offense as:
(Please see the text of the Cannabis Law for more details).
To learn more about the CAURD Application Process, please visit the NYS Cannabis Website (https://cannabis.ny.gov/caurd) or contact Parlatore Law Group’s Cannabis team for more information or assistance.
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