Happy Munkey, a well-known and established “legacy-to-legal” cannabis brand in New York, has recently been granted one of the additional Conditional Adult-Use Retail Dispensary (CAURD) licenses to open an adult-use cannabis dispensary.
The New York State Cannabis Control Board (NYCCB) met Wednesday and decided to add 212 additional retail dispensary licenses as part of its much-delayed rollout of legal cannabis. This brings the number of licenses to 463.
This significant achievement marks a major milestone for Happy Munkey and solidifies its position as a key player in NY’s evolving cannabis industry.
“We are honored to receive one of the CAURD licenses in New York,” Happy Munkey CEO and co-founder Vladimir Bautista said in a statement procured exclusively by Benzinga. “As a legacy business with strong roots on the New York streets and well over two decades of experience in the cannabis industry, we are excited to transition our extensive knowledge to New York’s legal cannabis market.”
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Happy Munkey’s Commitment To Cannabis Culture & Advocacy
Happy Munkey has been at the forefront of cannabis culture and advocacy, and this achievement allows them to play a vital role in building a diverse, equitable and accessible industry in New York.
“Happy Munkey stands at the intersection of cannabis culture and advocacy, and we are excited to play a critical role in building a diverse, equitable, and accessible industry. We are determined to work with state regulators to swiftly open our dispensary to bring New Yorkers high-quality cannabis products at affordable prices,” Bautista said.
With the CAURD license, Happy Munkey can finally bring its extensive experience and expertise into the legal cannabis landscape.
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Additionally, its commitment aligns with the goals of the CAURD program, which aims to address the social and economic injustices caused by the war on drugs by promoting diversity and inclusion in the legal cannabis market.
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NY Supporting Social Equity ApplicantsIn an effort to promote participation in the marijuana industry by individuals disproportionately impacted by marijuana criminalization, city officials recently announced the launch of the Cannabis NYC Loan Fund.
The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) posted a request for proposal (RFP) seeking lenders and an administrator for the fund, which aims to provide low-cost financing to social equity applicants entering the cannabis market.
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