Group of licensed medical cannabis operators file suit against New York regulator for failing to open licensing to all applicants at the same time
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A coalition of licensed medical cannabis operators has filed a lawsuit against the New York cannabis regulator, alleging it overstepped its authority and subverted the intent of the state legislature by failing to comply with provisions of the 2021 Marihuana Regulation and Taxation Act, or MRTA.
The Cannabis Control Board and Office of Cannabis Management “established policies that undermine the MRTA’s laudable social equity goals and hinder licensed operators from entering the market. These policies have delayed the availability of safe, regulated cannabis products for medical patients and adult-use consumers in New York State,” the Coalition for Access to Regulated & Safe Cannabis said in a statement.
The group argues that the MRTA required that the OCM And CCB open the