Matthew Schwartz

Matthew Schwartz represents developers, property owners, architects, engineers and contractors in both litigation and transactional matters. In litigation, he has a great deal of experience representing clients in contractual disputes arising from lease agreements and contracts of sale, as well as a variety of construction-related matters, including, those arising from damages or defect claims, adjacent property access, project delays and breach of contract. Advising clients on transactions, he is known for his work drafting and negotiating access agreements on behalf of developers and adjacent property owners.

long island cannabis dispensary zoning

Long Island Cannabis Dispensary Zoning

Prospective cannabis businesses seeking to open dispensaries on Long Island are running into several issues and roadblocks with the proposed or adopted zoning legislation restricting operators to mainly industrial areas. As it stands, dispensaries can open only in Long Island towns that opted in for retail cannabis sales. To date, Babylon, Brookhaven, Riverhead and Southampton have opted-in

caurd application attestation

New York Cannabis: Notable CAURD Application Attestations

During the submission of the Conditional Adult Use Retail Dispensary (“CAURD”) application, applicants are required to submit and certify several attestations prior to final submission of an application. These attestations must be sworn to and initialed by the applicant (if an individual), a managing member of the applicant (if a limited liability company), an officer

CAURD applicants

What is a Labor Peace Agreement and Why Do CAURD Applicants Need One?

Conditional Adult Use Retail Dispensary (“CAURD”) license applicants and those applicants seeking unconditional licenses in New York must comply with the New York State mandate and enter into, maintain and comply with a Labor Peace Agreement (“LPA”) with a bona-fide labor union. However, an LPA is not required to apply for a CAURD license, but

crackdown

New York Cracks Down on Unlicensed Cannabis Sales

The New York Police Department (“NYPD”) crackdown on unlicensed cannabis sales comes as New York is poised to start awarding Conditional Adult Use Retail Dispensary (“CAURD”) licenses in the coming weeks. The Office of Cannabis Management (“OCM”) has stated on numerous occasions that those caught selling cannabis without a CAURD license, or a medical license,

caurd application portal

New York CAURD Application Portal FAQ

In the leadup to the Office of Cannabis Management (“OCM”) application portal opening date of August 25, 2022 for Conditional Adult Use Retail Dispensary (“CAURD”) licenses we have received a few repeat questions from our clients regarding the application. This list of frequently asked questions is by no means the entirety of the questions we

caurd applicant

New York CAURD: License Application Scoring and Selection – Part 2

We recently examined the Office of Cannabis Management (“OCM”) scoring criteria for eligible Conditional Adult-Use Retail Dispensary (“CAURD”) applicants. Provided certain minimum requirements are met, the top scoring applicants who rank a given region as their first preference will be selected for a provisional license in that region– up to the number of allocated licenses

new york caurd licensing application

New York CAURD: License Application Scoring – Part 1

We’ve been writing about eligibility criteria for licensure for the New York Conditional Adult-Use Retail Dispensary (“CAURD”) (here and here). In addition to the Office of Cannabis Management’s (the “OCM”) handy FAQ, it also recently published a scoring criterion to score eligible applicants after they have met the minimum requirements for each type of eligible