NYC Opens Their Second Legal Dispensary

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“Smacked Dispensary NYC”

January 24th 2023,

Was the day “Smacked Dispensary NYC” opened its door to the public becoming New York City’s second legal dispensary. With the city having a countless amount of unlicensed dispensaries and bags of weed being available at almost any deli or bodega, this dispensary offers NYC residents the opportunity to purchase legal products ranging from flower, to edibles, to extracts.
 “Smacked Dispensary NYC”

More importantly, Smacked is NYC’s first black family owned and operated legal dispensary.

Before starting Smacked with his son Darius, Roland Conner had been charged with a cannabis conviction charge which makes him the first person with a prior cannabis conviction to be granted an adult-use retail dispensary license in the state of New York. Conner also received funding from the New York Social Equity Cannabis Investment Fund, which was created to support equitable entrepreneurs in the new legal cannabis industry.

“Given my experience with cannabis, I never could have imagined that I would be opening a store like this,” Conner told reporters. “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 about everyone who was harmed by the draconian drug laws of the past. New York’s commitment to righting those wrongs through the law is inspiring.”

“Smacked Dispensary NYC”

NYC currently has licensed 30 stores,

but as of right now there's no clear plan on when these stores will be open to the public. Smacked and New Life Blooms are the only two legal recreational cannabis stores across the 5 boroughs, leaving many to continue purchasing from the grey market. It doesn't matter how good their subway system might be, traveling across NYC for some weed doesn't make sense when you can just grab an exotic eighth alongside your morning coffee. As the NYPD continues to crack down on unregulated cannabis businesses across their city, some residents are hopeful to see more legal dispensaries open while others just want the convenience of being able to grab a sandwich and some weed in the same transaction.
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