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Conditional Adult-Use Retail Dispensary (CAURD) License

Conditional Adult-Use Retail Dispensary (CAURD) License 

On July 14, 2022, the New York State Cannabis Control Board (CCB) approved regulations for Conditional Adult-Use Retail Dispensary (CAURD) licenses for justice-involved individuals, those disproportionately impacted by the enforcement, criminalization, and prohibition of cannabis.  

How to qualify for a CAURD license? 

In order to obtain a CAURD license, applicant must: (1) have a cannabis-related conviction dated prior to March 2021 (passage of the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act) or have a parent, guardian, child, or spouse with a cannabis-related conviction prior to March 2021 and (2) have experience owning and operating a qualifying New York business. CAURD applicants will be required to submit evidence of a qualifying cannabis-related offense, documentation of a qualifying New York business, financial disclosure documents, and standard applicant background information. 

The OCM has released a mockup of the CAURD application, which may be accessed and reviewed here.

The CAURD application window period is currently open. 

The Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) began accepting applications for CAURD licenses on August 25, 2022. The CAURD application period will open for only thirty (30) days, closing on September 26, 2022. Applicants must create a account through this link to apply. First sales of adult-use cannabis under CAURD are expected by the end of 2022. 

Why is a cannabis business attorney important?

The first step in preparing for your CAURD license application is to retain a cannabis business attorney who can walk you through the intricacies of the application requirements. The lawyers at Leaf Legal, P.C. have comprehensive, extensive legal experience guiding and supporting New York cannabis businesses. Leaf Legal, P.C. will help ensure that applicants, parties of interest, and their businesses are up-to-date with current cannabis regulations and state-compliant. Contact the attorneys at Leaf Legal, P.C. to request a consultation.

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