Federal judge blocks cannabis retail licenses in parts of NYS

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. — A federal judge in New York has blocked state cannabis regulators from issuing any retail licenses in certain areas of the state.

The Finger Lakes region is included. This could create a major headache for existing producers and retailers hoping to open in the coming weeks or months.

This all stems from a lawsuit filed by a Michigan company. The company claims New York’s cannabis law discriminates against citizens of other states and is in violation of the dormant commerce clause.

Thursday’s preliminary injunction impacts the Finger Lakes, western and central New York, along with the mid-Hudson region and Brooklyn.

See our series “Cannabis Countdown” about what NYS can expect when dispensaries open: