The New York Attorney General’s Office last week agreed to a stay in cannabis technology company Leafly’s legal challenge to the state’s third-party marketing ban. The stay effectively blocks the state from enforcing the prohibition on Leafly, but not other third-party marketers.
In a statement, Yoko Miyashita, CEO of Leafly, said that while the firm is “very pleased” with the decision, the company remains “concerned that the Office of Cannabis Management’s stance towards third-party platforms deprives consumers and licensed cannabis retailers with important tools that help them navigate legal cannabis.”
“We’ll continue to work toward sensible regulations and are hopeful for a solution that empowers small businesses and supports consumer education and choice, while still protecting the public health, safety, and welfare of the people of New York.” — Miyashita in a press release
The order does not end the lawsuit, which alleges that state regulators unfairly targeted third-party platforms in a misguided attempt to restrict the way retailers may market or promote their business and products and prevent price-shopping consumer behaviors. The lawsuit alleges, that the adoption of these regulations by the state is both arbitrary and capricious and a violation of the U.S. and New York constitutions.
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