Gov. Kathy Hochul recently celebrated an adult-use cannabis dispensary opening in Albany — one of the first in the region supported by the New York Cannabis Society Equity Investment Fund and a Harris Beach client.
Harris Beach attorney Meaghan T. Feenan advises client Capital District Cannabis and Wellness, which opened a location in Albany. The dispensary is owned by Capital Region natives and friends James Frese and Pasha Adams. Meaghan counseled the dispensary through the Conditional Adult-Use Retail Dispensary (CAURD) licensing process.
“As the cannabis market expands, my administration is focused on protecting the health and safety of all New Yorkers, helping small businesses thrive, and building the most equitable adult-use cannabis industry in the nation,” she said. “New York State is continuing to provide safe, legal products for consumers while we work to assist those targeted by the inequitable enforcement of cannabis laws in the past.”
In celebrating the opening, Hochul said the New York Cannabis Social Equity Investment Fund was created to provide opportunities for those impacted by the inequitable enforcement of cannabis laws.
Feenan and the other attorneys on Harris Beach’s Cannabis Industry Team monitor developments in the fast-moving New York cannabis industry and help cannabis companies prepare their application and overcome legal and regulatory challenges. Harris Beach, offers a comprehensive portfolio of legal services to cannabis clients in New York and represents the nation’s leading companies dealing with cannabis, hemp and CBD, including large multi-state operators, start-ups, growers and non-plant-touching businesses, as well as medical marijuana registered organizations.