Entrepreneurs Run a Marathon of Hurdles in Quest to Open Legal Dispensaries

Michael Roche


In a recent article published by the Rochester Business Journal Michael Roche, partner at Harter Secrest & Emery, is highlighted for his role in assisting clients in navigating the complex process of opening legal recreational cannabis dispensaries. Roche explores the hurdles including financing difficulties, legal battles over preferential treatment for certain license categories, and delays in dispensary openings, allowing illegal shops to thrive.

The article also explores the impact on growers and processors who face uncertainties about the market and the dilemma of whether to continue growing or wait for more dispensaries to open. Additionally, questions are raised about the state’s prioritization of justice-involved applicants and the potential dominance of large corporations in the cannabis market, posing the existential question of the kind of business New York aims to foster.

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