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February 2023 Newsletter
New York State News
Union Square Travel Agency opening day, February 13 2023
Opening of Union Square Travel Agency, the third legal dispensary to open in New York City, located at East 13th Street, near Union Square. Photo Credit: CWCBExp

New York Dispensary

Union Square Travel Agency opened its doors as an adult-use dispensary on February 13, 2023 in New York City.

Congratulations to Union Square Travel Agency, the third adult use dispensary to open in New York City. CWCBExpo was there to witness this milestone. Tremaine Wright, Chair of the New York State Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) was at the Ribbon Cutting ceremony as history was being made amidst a very happy and excited crowd.

Union Square Travel Agency Ribbon Cutting, Feb 13 2023
Ribbon cutting for opening of the Union Square Travel Agency Dispensary. Photo Credit: CWCBExpo

New York State Regulatory News

More good news as New York State builds its cannabis industry. The OCM recently announced some major decisions. Between January and February, the OCM:

  • Awarded 30 Cannabis Adult Use Retail Dispensary (CAURD) Provisional Licenses increasing it to 66
  • Awarded 1 additional Conditional Processor License now making the total 40
  • Gave approvals for testing permits to 5 independent cannabis testing labs
  • Approved Medical Cannabis Regulations changes to make the patient registration experience easier
  • Appointed a General Counsel to the OCM

Read about the progress that the OCM has made to move NYS forward by downloading the OCM’s Press Release.

New York State Government
New Jersey News
Holistic Solutions

New Jersey Dispensary

Congratulations to Suzan Nickelson, owner and CEO of Holistic Solutions, who opened her dispensary – the very first Black female-owned dispensary in New Jersey – on February 10, 2023. The dispensary is located in Waterford Township, NJ. Nickelson’s dispensary opening was featured in MarketWatch.

New Jersey Consumption Lounges

We highlighted in our January Newsletter that the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission (CRC) has proposed rules and amendments regarding consumption lounges. We do it again here.

There is still time to submit commentary on the issue of consumption lounges and the proposed rules by the CRC. The public commentary period expires on March 18, 2023. Now is the time to get your comments into the NJCRC.

Read about the issues surrounding these proposals and then submit your comments:

The National Law Review

Patch NJ

Learn more form the NJ Government CRC with this downloadable primer


The National Law Review
NJ Cannabis Regulatory Commission

More Exciting News About New Jersey and Consumption Lounges

Congratulations to Faye Coleman, Co-Founder & CEO of Pure Genesis. Coleman is developing a Cannabis Consumption Lounge, Endo, to be opened in Atlantic City on a site that was previously a church. The business plan for the consumption lounge includes an educational component that Coleman is creating with Stockton University as well as an employment plan to create jobs for the local community. Coleman also has the blessing from the pastor of the church that formerly occupied the site. A great start!

Editor’s note: Faye Coleman is a CWCBExpo Advisory Committee Member, and Stockton University has participated as an exhibitor in CWCBExpo’s Education Pavilion.

Faye Coleman
NJ Spotlight News

New Jersey Licensing & Regulatory News

This month the NJ Cannabis Regulatory Commission (CRC) has issued decisions and actions which add to the East Coast’s rapidly growing cannabis industry. The CRC’s actions address a variety of issues that help move the NJ cannabis industry forward, including:

  • Adopting new rules on how licenses are processed and prioritized, as well as new rules and guidelines on cannabis business classes
  • Removing the cap on cultivation licenses
  • Removing some of the limitations on certain vertically integrated businesses – this would allow cannabis license holders to hold a variety of licenses at the same time
  • Awarding a number of conditional, annual and condition-to-annual licenses
Oklahoma Legalization News

In a few weeks, Oklahoma could become the 22nd state to join the other Adult-Use states. On March 7, 2023 Oklahoma voters will vote on whether or not to legalize Adult-Use marijuana.

Texas Legalization News

Texas House Bill 1937 has been introduced by state Rep. Jessica González (D) of Dallas to allow counties and municipalities to legalize adult-use marijuana at the local level.

The Bill seeks to allow the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation to adopt all necessary rules for the administration and enforcement of the bill, including licensing, regulation, testing standards, and transportation.

CWCBExpo Blog

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CWCBExpo Video Highlights Corner
Beverages Conference Session, June 2022

“Beverages – Where is the Greenest Grass Growing and Flowing?”

A discussion with pioneers in the infused, edibles and the Consumer Packaged Goods sector.

This session was recorded June 2, 2022 at CWCBExpo New York. With Tracy Mason, Co-Founder and CEO, House of Saka; Ron Shapira, CFA, Founder, Mosaic Advisory Partners; Ken VandeVrede, CEO Hillview Med; Moderated by Christopher Smith, American Cannabis Report.

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