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October 2023 Newsletter

Now is the best time to invest in your business!

“New York is really the place to be for starting a business in cannabis.”

“The New York market is probably one of the most exciting markets we’re very, very bullish on. Exhibiting here at CWCBExpo gives us the opportunity to be in front of everyone who’s thinking about starting a business in the cannabis industry. With seven million visitors every month, New York is really the place to be for starting a business in cannabis.”

– Lucas McCann, Chief Scientific Officer, CannDelta

Lucas McCann, CSO, CannDelta, NY 2023
Lucas McCann
New York State News

NYS licensing applications process opened and deadline extended

On October 4, the NYS Office of Cannabis Management (NYSOCM) opened the application process for five types of licenses. The submission deadline is December 18, 2023. The five types of licenses are:

  • Adult-Use Cultivator
  • Adult-Use Processor
  • Adult-Use Distributor
  • Adult-Use Retail Dispensary
  • Microbusiness
NYS OCM Office of Cannabis Management

Five additional NY dispensaries opening up

Five more dispensaries are opening in New York City and in New York State after a judge ruled that these five can get an exemption from a court ruling that temporarily halted the well over 400 licensed CAURD holders from actually opening. There are now 27 adult use dispensaries open in New York State.

Cannabis Business Times
New Jersey News

$12MM in grants Issued to 48 Recipients from NJEDA

In our September Newsletter we highlighted New Jersey’s grant program which was designed to achieve cannabis equity in communities that have been impacted by the war on drugs. On October 5, 2023, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority announced that they awarded $12MM to 48 grant recipients.

NJ Economic Development Authority, NJEDA
NJ Spotlight News

NJ Cannabis Regulatory Commission (NJCRC) comment period

A public comment period opened on October 16, 2023. The NJCRC is seeking feedback on their proposed regulations regarding the expansion of cannabis edibles in the New Jersey cannabis market. The comment period ends on December 15, 2023. 

NJ Cannabis Regulatory Commission
Florida News

The Florida Supreme Court will hear arguments on an Adult Use Ballot Measure – it is set for November 8, 2023

The oral arguments will be heard from both sides, with each side getting 20 minutes to present their cases about whether or not to add a ballot measure to the General Election. This is quite an interesting case since the state’s Governor, Ron DeSantis, does not support the measure and neither does the state Attorney General Ashley Moody.

Florida Politics
Maryland News

Shuttered hemp businesses can reopen

In our last Newsletter we highlighted that Maryland had logged millions in cannabis sales since going Adult Rec on July 1. Now the previously shuttered businesses that sold hemp-derived products can reopen due to a recent ruling in October on a case filed by the Maryland Hemp Coalition and other businesses. The lawsuit  has yet to be resolved.

Ohio News

Early voting has started for marijuana legislation

Ohioans started early voting in October. They are now voting on a ballot measure to legalize and regulate possession, home cultivation, and retail sale of cannabis for those 21 years and older. Ohio is expected to bring in hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenue if they do vote to legalize according to an economic impact study done by Ohio State University.

Cannabis and Driving in the United States

Keep on truckin’ – truck drivers and cannabis

The latest survey shows support among US truck drivers and their carriers regarding Federal testing rules for marijuana. The survey showed that over 60%  support testing for impairment rather than testing for use. Federal laws dictate that truck drivers are subject to testing before and during employment. With the current testing methods, a urine sample will show marijuana usage for up to a month. Tests reflect use, but not actual impairment. These testing practices have created a shortage of truck drivers with the ripple effect of supply chains being segmented and broken due fewer available drivers.


The first ever legal cannabis dispensaries in Europe will be opened in a major cannabis consumption pilot study between Sanity Group and the Swiss Institute for Addiction and Health Research. There will be two stores: the first will be located in Allschwil, Switzerland and the second in Liestal, Switzerland. The pilot study seeks to gather data about cannabis usage and health, among other things.


“Packaging Cannabis Products Safely and Responsibly”

We are showcasing our packaging session from the CWCBExpo conference program at the Javits Center on June 2, 2023. The panel featured professionals from top companies who are trailblazers in the industry.

It was moderated by Steve Blank, Jr., Founder, Dolo Media. The panelists were Michael Markarian, Founder, CEO, Contempo Specialty Packaging; Luis Pilonieta, Sales Manager, Cannapa By Paxiom; Alain Vo, Co-founder, CEO, Leafypack;  and Angelberto Ferrer, CTO, CMO, Hemper.

Packaging Seminar Session, June 2 2023

“Packaging Cannabis Products Safely and Responsibly,” CWCBExpo NY, June 2, 2023.
(From the left) Michael Markarian, Luis Pilonieta, Angelberto Ferrer, Alain Vo and Steve Blank, Jr.


CWCBExpo blogs contain relevant, timely information. Recent subjects include cannabis testing laboratories, packaging, facility security, and legalization and regulatory updates.

A representative from the National Organization to Reform Marijuana Laws (NORML) stands at their booth at CWCBExpo 2023. The representative is standing in the center of the photo, wearing a dark suit jacket and a light shirt. The NORML logo is visible in the background and foreground.
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June 5 – 6, 2024
Javits Convention Center, NYC

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