New York’s Adult-Use Sales Will Begin Dec. 29 With One Nonprofit Licensee

New York’s Adult-Use Sales Will Begin Dec. 29 With One Nonprofit Licensee
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<![CDATA[New York’s adult-use cannabis program won’t be fully implemented before the end of the year, but state regulators announced Dec. 21 that at least one licensee will begin sales before 2023. Housing Works Cannabis Co., one of eight nonprofits that the state’s Cannabis Control Board approved for a retail license in November, plans to begin serving adult-use cannabis customers at 4:20 p.m. on Dec. 29 at its facility at Broadway and Eight Street in Manhattan, Chris Alexander, executive director for New York’s Office of Cannabis Management (OCM), announced at Wednesday’s board meeting.We’ve done it NY! Dec. 29, the FIRST 21+ legal cannabis sales will begin with a @HousingWorks non-profit assisting justice-involved individuals.Thank you @GovKathyHochul for your commitment to the Seeding Opportunity Initiative & all you’ve done to bring this industry to life.— NYS Office of Cannabis Management (@nys_cannabis) December 21, 2022https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsHousing Works first made its intentions known earlier this month to become the first licensee to open its doors to the new marketplace, as reported by Spectrum News NY1 on Dec. 14. “It is our goal to be the first,” Housing Works CEO Charles King told the news outlet. “We will not on the 29th have the build-out complete, but we will have a number of our display cases and cash registers up and be able to serve people.” Housing Works’ complete build-out of its retail space will likely take several more weeks, King said. More specifically, Housing Works is the nation’s largest minority-controlled HIV/AIDS service organization and largest community-based HIV/AIDS service organization, Gov. Kathy Hochul said Dec. 21. The nonprofit, based in New York City, operates a range of direct and support services for people living with HIV/AIDS, the homeless, formerly incarcerated, and justice involved individuals, according to the governor’s office. It also operates a network of charitable retail storefronts.“We…

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