New York’s First Recreational Marijuana Store Owned By A Person Harmed By Drug War Will Open Next Week, Governor Announces

New York’s First Recreational Marijuana Store Owned By A Person Harmed By Drug War Will Open Next Week, Governor Announces
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The governor of New York announced on Thursday that the state’s second adult-use marijuana retailer—which will also be the first to be owned by a person previously criminalized over cannabis—will open next week. The new dispensary, which like the first currently operating one will also be located in Manhattan, is scheduled to open for a soft launch on Tuesday. Smacked LLC will be owned and operated by Roland Conner, who met the state’s eligibility criteria for a Conditional Adult-Use Retail Dispensary (CAURD) license as a justice-involved individual. “This dispensary is the latest example of our efforts to build the most equitable and inclusive cannabis industry in the nation,” Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) said in a press release. “As we continue to work toward righting wrongs of the past, I look forward to new dispensaries—owned by those most impacted by the over policing of cannabis prohibition—opening soon.” The state’s first recreational marijuana retailer opened late last month. It’s being run by the nonprofit organization Housing Works, which focuses on addressing AIDS and homelessness issues. Smacked, for its part, will operate on a “pop-up” basis through February 20. The intent of the soft launch is to give the business training opportunity and additional resources through the state’s Social Equity Cannabis Investment Fund ahead of a formal opening. “I am so excited to become a part of history as the first individual to open a legal cannabis dispensary in New York City,” Conner said. “Given my experience with cannabis, I never could have imagined that I would be opening a store like this.” “I’m grateful for the opportunity to open a business with my son and wife at my side and build generational wealth, working together, right here in New York. But this is not just about me and my family. This is…

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