New York's Cannabis Retail Footprint Grows Amid Market Blockage

In the wake of state Supreme Court Justice Kevin Bryant reversing his preliminary injunction that could have allowed 30 retail cannabis stores to open in the New York State, a store in Rochester launched cannabis sales.


Herbal IQ-Rochester at 1749 East Ave., across from Wegmans, has been selling cannabis since Wednesday in a "pop-up" retail location, reported WXXI.

The operation is backed by an approval granted by the state Cannabis Control Board in July for already legal dispensaries to establish temporary outlets.

Named after Herbal IQ, a licensed dispensary in Depew, Erie County, the "pop-up" is being operated by the same business.

These outlets provide a platform for growers and processors to showcase and sell their products to consumers directly.

"In order to be a showcase, you need a licensed and operating dispensary, and there's none in Rochester," Mike Dulen, co-founder and CEO of A Walk in the Pines, said. "So, we have a good relationship with Herbal IQ and they said, 'Yeah, we'll do the showcase.'"

Meanwhile, according to CBS New York, Harlem's first legal marijuana dispensary at a building on 125th Street, across from the Apollo Theater, is slated to open on Tuesday.

"We want all of our Harlem businesses to thrive, so we will do everything in our power to help make this a success for Gotham Buds and our community," the business improvement district said in a statement.

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Cannabis multi-state operator Cookies recently opened the doors on its new retail location in Harrison in Hudson County, reported HeadyNJ.

The store is New Jersey's 40th recreational and 46th medical …

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