State announces first round of cannabis dispensary licenses

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The New York State Cannabis Control Board approved its first batch of dispensary licenses Monday — three of which were handed out to Bronx-based businesses — marking another step forward in the Empire State’s effort to legalize recreational marijuana and make it accessible to adult consumers.

Tremaine Wright, the chair of the Cannabis Control Board, said today’s vote to approve the first 36 Conditional Adult-Use Retail Dispensary (CAURD) licenses was monumental. 

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