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New York cannabis retail opportunities take shape after opt-out deadline passes

Although roughly half of New York’s municipal governments opted out of permitting recreational cannabis stores before a Dec. 31 deadline, those opt-outs aren’t set in stone.

That means new adult-use retail opportunities could still open up in the nation’s fourth-largest state by population, even as aspiring adult-use marijuana retailers start making plans for communities that have already opted in.


The Dec. 31 opt-out deadline for retail and cannabis consumption sites followed former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s signing of an adult-use bill into law last March.

Still, the exact rules surrounding recreational marijuana retail in New York remain

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