New York’s shaky recreational cannabis rollout is facing more obstacles after a new anti-discrimination lawsuit was filed last week.
According to Lohud, Valencia Ag, a cannabis business owned by white men, filed the suit claiming that state laws favor non-white applicants.
The plaintiffs accused the state of charging social equity applicants lower fees and giving them priority attention in the applicant pool.
The latest lawsuit in New York’s cannabis market comes as regulators are again delaying the licensing process.
The New York Cannabis Control Board last week postponed a meeting because it said it needed more time to tackle the backlog of applicants.
The state regulators have also held off on finalizing rules for home growing cannabis in New York.