New York State will create tool to verify that businesses are licensed to sell cannabis

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ALBANY, N.Y. —New York State on Thursday announced the creation of a new cannabis dispensary verification tool.

This comes just weeks before the first dispensaries are set to open statewide. The new tool will create a universal symbol that licensed businesses will place on their window and on the packages of the products they sell. You can see the symbol here.

Officials say the tool will provide certainty for consumers that the products they’re buying are tested and regulated.

On November 21, the New York State Office of Cannabis Management announced on Monday the first round of people and non-profits to get a license to sell legal marijuana. None of the licenses were issued in the Rochester region because of a federal lawsuit that calls into question whether the application process that New York set-up discriminates against people who live outside New York.

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