Choices for where to buy legal recreational marijuana in New York are expanding as a second dispensary opens its doors in Manhattan.
When Roland Conner’s dispensary opens Tuesday morning, he will become the first person with a cannabis conviction in the state to legally open a marijuana store. Doors at 144 Bleecker Street are expected to open at 10am
Smacked, Conner’s Store, opens for a nearly month-long “soft” opening in a former drug store in Greenwich Village.
New York is giving priority to those with prior marijuana convictions for retail licenses. It is seen as a step to correct the injustices of old laws, which often resulted in a disproportionate number of convictions for minority indictees.
The first round of retail marijuana licenses got the green light for three dozen businesses and made way for the first legal dispensary to open last month on Broadway, also in Manhattan.
Roland Conner opens Smacked with his wife and son and with the support of the New York Social Equity Cannabis Investment Fund and the Bronx Cannabis Hub.
The first legal recreational cannabis dispensary in New York state opens Thursday in Manhattan with products ranging from approximately $20 to $100. NBC New York’s Linda Gaudino takes you inside for a first look.
“I am thrilled 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 never imagined opening a business like this,” Conner said in a statement.
“But this isn’t just about me and my family. It’s about anyone harmed by the draconian drug laws of the past. New York’s commitment to righting these wrongs through the law is inspiring. I’m a testament to that commitment because I’m standing here today,” he added.
Conner’s store opening is part of the state’s “pop-up” program to help stores get an initial boost of capital before later opening permanently.
“As with some other initial dispensaries to be supported by the fund, this will give licensees the opportunity to open in the short term to accelerate sales and begin raising capital for their businesses, after which they can move on to final construction.” be closed and then reopen long-term,” the governor’s office said Thursday.
The first legal recreational cannabis 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 more are on the way. An opening date has been set for another pharmacy called Union Square Travel Agency. It will open in an old Chase Bank near the Union Square subway station.
The soft opening is scheduled for February 13th. 51 percent of proceeds go to the Doe Fund, which provides housing, job training and counseling to marginalized people in New York.
In March 2021, New York legalized recreational marijuana use.
Recreational cannabis sales began this morning at seven dispensaries. Lynda Baquero reports.