New York’s first legal adult-use cannabis store will open next Thursday, Dec. 29, according to an announcement from Governor Kathy Hochul’s office.
“Just nine months ago, we set out to launch the New York adult cannabis market on the right foot by prioritizing fairness, and today we are achieving that goal. The industry will continue to grow from here, creating inclusive opportunities in every corner of New York State, with revenue going to our schools and revitalizing communities. said Governor Kathy Hochul.
the dispensary, Housing Works Cannabisis a nonprofit charitable organization located near St. Mark’s Place in the East Village neighborhood of Manhattan.
Housing Works store manager Sasha Nutgent called the launch a “unique moment”.
“We look forward to taking the lead as a model of social equity for the American cannabis industry, specifically with our hiring practices and our continued support for people and communities disproportionately affected by the unjust war on drugs,” Sasha Nutgent said.
“I’m thrilled that a nonprofit like Housing Works, which supports formerly incarcerated people, is leading the way when it comes to selling,” said Tremaine Wright, president of the Cannabis Control Boardthe New York State cannabis regulatory body.
“The start of sales through the initiative Seeding Opportunity is just the beginning of the robust ecosystem we are building – a fair and inclusive marketplace will grow from here with supports throughout to ensure licensees are able to overcome barriers and to build this new industry. »
So far, New York cannabis regulators have issued 36 adult cannabis dispensary licenses, including 28 to businesses and 8 to nonprofits like Housing Works.
To obtain one of the non-profit retail licenses, businesses must have at least one board member who has had a run-in with the law and must provide employment opportunities for those who have been convicted of use or possession of cannabis.