Governor Kathy Hochul announced on Thursday the opening of the first conditional adult-use cannabis dispensary in New York State owned by an entrepreneur who was previously criminalized by cannabis prohibition. The shop will launch on Jan. 24 in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village. 

Supported by the New York Cannabis Social Equity Investment Fund, the shop opening is viewed as furthering New York's goals of equity in cannabis licensing, which prioritizes individuals, or a close relative, with a prior cannabis conviction.

"This dispensary is the latest example of our efforts to build the most equitable and inclusive cannabis industry in the nation," said Gov. Hochul, who in January pledged $200 million to support social equity applicants. "As we continue to work toward righting wrongs of the past, I look forward to new dispensaries – owned by those most …

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