what to know
- Options for buying legal recreational marijuana are expanding in New York as a second dispensary opens its doors in Manhattan.
- When Roland Conner’s dispensary opens Tuesday morning, he will do so as the first person with a cannabis conviction in the state to legally open a marijuana store.
New York — Options for buying legal recreational marijuana are expanding in New York as a second dispensary opens its doors in Manhattan.
When Roland Conner’s dispensary opens Tuesday morning, he will do so as the first person with a cannabis conviction in the state to legally open a marijuana store.
Smacked in, Conner’s shop, which used to be an old Greenwich Village drugstore on Bleeker Street, will have a “soft” opening lasting about a month.
New York is prioritizing retail licenses for those with prior marijuana convictions. This is seen as a move to balance the injustice of the old laws, which often resulted in disproportionate sentencing for minority defendants.
The first round of marijuana licenses got the green light for three dozen businesses, leading to the opening of the first legal dispensary last month on Broadway, also in Manhattan.
Roland Conner is opening Smacked with his wife and son and with the support of the New York Social Equity Cannabis Investment Fund and the Bronx Cannabis Hub.
“I am so excited to be a part of history as the first person to open a legal cannabis dispensary in New York City. Given my experience with cannabis, I could never have imagined opening a shop like this, Connor said. in a sentence.
“But this isn’t just about me and my family. It’s about everyone who was harmed by the harsh drug laws of the past. New York’s commitment to righting those wrongs through legislation is inspiring. That commitment is proof because I stand here today,” he said.
The Connor store opening is part of the state’s “pop-up” program, which helps promote seed money to future stores before they open permanently.
“Along with some of the other seed dispensaries supported by the fund, this will provide licensees with an opportunity to open on short notice to ramp up sales and generate capital for their businesses, after which they will be closed for final construction. And then will reopen. For a longer period,” the governor’s office said Thursday.
The first legal recreational marijuana dispensary in New York opened on December 28 at the corner of Broadway and Astor Place. It marked the long-awaited launch of a marijuana industry that could become one of the most lucrative in the country.
And there’s more on the way. An opening date has been set for another dispensary called “Union Square Travel Agency”. It will open in a former Chase Bank near the Union Square subway station.
Its soft opening is going to happen on 13 February. Of the proceeds, 51 percent will go to the Dow Fund, which provides housing, career training and counseling to underserved individuals living in New York City.
New York legalized the recreational use of marijuana in March 2021.
However, you must have a special, approved license to legally open and operate one of these businesses. However, the city still has a problem with unlicensed dispensaries operating illegally. These illegal dispensaries are not overseen by the proper agencies and therefore cannabis from these businesses is not regulated, which can be dangerous to the consumer.