While a Black-Owned Cannabis Dispensary Opens in Chicago, Critics Say State’s Equity Work Still Falling Short – WTTW News

A Black-owned cannabis dispensary is now open in Chicago, but nearly 200 other shops that won state social equity licenses have yet to open their doors. 

The lag time raises the question of whether Illinois has followed through on its pledge to use legal marijuana to lift communities and people who were previously punished by anti-cannabis laws.

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Nearly three years after Illinois legalized marijuana, Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Wednesday celebrated the opening of Ivy Hall Dispensary in Bucktown.

In mid-November, Ivy Hall became Illinois’ first social equity dispensary. Co-founder Nigel Dandridge says being the first social equity cannabis dispensary to open in the state is momentous.

“I am living proof of Illinois making good on its promise to carve out a more equitable cannabis landscape for generations to come,” he said. “Yet again, Illinois is out ahead of the pack.”

Illinois has pursued righting the wrongs of the war on drugs by expunging 800,000 low-level marijuana possession charges from criminal records, “creating a new opportunity for tens of thousands of Illinoisians – mostly people of color – to get a job, or rent an apartment that they were previously denied because of their record,” Pritzker said.

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Marijuana now legal in Missouri, but you can’t buy it yet – Yahoo! Voices

O’FALLON, Mo. (AP) — As of Thursday, it’s lawful for adults to possess and use marijuana in Missouri. That doesn’t mean you can legally buy it just yet, or use it everywhere.

Medical marijuana has been legal in the state since a ballot measure passed in 2018, but voters went a step further this November by approving a constitutional amendment legalizing the drug for anyone 21 or older. The new law makes Missouri the 21st state to allow recreational use.

The change comes with some confusion. For one thing, dispensaries can’t yet sell for recreational use. People will eventually be able to grow their own, but applications to do so won’t be taken until next month. And places such as schools and businesses can still prohibit the drug.

John Mueller, co-founder of Greenlight Dispensaries, said the company’s 15 Missouri shops are getting calls from people confused about the new law and why they can’t yet buy it from the dispensaries.

“I think everybody’s anxious and excited about adult use,” said Mueller, whose company plans to add 300 jobs at cultivation, manufacturing and dispensary locations for the expected uptick in business. “Every dollar we sell is a dollar that doesn’t go to the black market.”

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Indigo Dispensary in Brooklawn NJ Announces Opening Date – 94.5 PST

If you’re looking for more cannabis options in South Jersey, you won’t have to wait too much longer.

A license for Indigo Dispensary, a rising, New Jersey-based cannabis retailer, has just been approved to operate a cannabis dispensary in Brooklawn (302 Crescent Boulevard)! They announced their grand opening for early 2023, according to South Jersey Observer. They made the announcement on the Facebook page, as you can see down below:

Neither the post nor the website specify if this will be a medical-only or adult and medical-use dispensary.

Indigo Dispensary joins the company of other big-name cannabis retailers that operate all over the state, such as Cannabist, Ascend Wellness, Zen Leaf, Curaleaf, and more.

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They aim to grow their business with the goal of offering New Jerseyans healthy alternatives to prescription medications with core values in mind, accor

To provide high quality cannabis products and educational services to customers while inviting questions, exploration, and wellness. To build our brand on the core values of compassionate customer service, hospitality, highest standards of quality, honesty, integrity and community outreach.

If you’re looking for a job in the cannabis industry, they’re looking for team members! Check out their website to apply. And

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Harlem Gets New York’s First Retail Cannabis Dispensary – THE CITY

After much anticipation — and concern — about when New York would reveal its first locations for cannabis shops, the state authority overseeing the leasing of dispensaries has announced the first site, near the historic Apollo Theater in Harlem.

During the meeting on Monday of the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY), president and CEO Reuben R. McDaniel III announced the Authority had signed its first lease, for a property located at 248 W. 125th St. McDaniel said the authority hopes to sign more leases by year’s end. 

“I’m pleased to announce that last night we signed our first lease,” he told the board. “For those of you familiar with Harlem, you can stand at the Apollo and throw a baseball right across the street.” 

McDaniel said the design team had finished preliminary plans for the 128-square-foot space, and that construction would start soon after DASNY approves a final plan. 

At the meeting, McDaniel did not say who would operate the dispensary. DASNY did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 

The announcement comes amid doubts about whether the state will meet its goal of opening its first legal dispensaries by the end of this year. The first Office of Cannabis

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Harlem Gets NY’s First Retail Location for Cannabis Dispensary – THE CITY

After much anticipation — and concern — about when New York would reveal its first locations for cannabis shops, the state authority overseeing the leasing of dispensaries has announced the first site, near the historic Apollo Theater in Harlem.

During the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York’s meeting Monday, President and CEO Reuben R. McDaniel III announced that it had signed its first lease for a property located at 248 W 125th Street. He also mentioned that the authority hopes to sign additional leases by year’s end. 

“I’m pleased to announce that last night we signed our first lease,” McDaniel told the board. “For those of you familiar with Harlem, you can stand at the Apollo and throw a baseball right across the street.” 

McDaniel said the design team had finished preliminary plans for the 128 square foot space, and that construction would start soon after DASNY approves a final plan. 

At the meeting, McDaniel did not say who would operate the dispensary. DASNY did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 

The announcement comes amid doubts about whether the state will meet its goal of opening its first legal dispensaries by the end of this year. The first permits issued by

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Why has WNY been left out of cannabis dispensary licensing so far? – WKBW 7 News Buffalo

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — It’s been two weeks now since the New York State’s cannabis control board approved the first dispensary license. 36 licenses were approved — none of them are in Western New York.

“So we have growers, we have processors in the area, we don’t have anyone selling it, and that’s the biggest issue,” said Aleece Burgio, General Counsel for MJI Solutions.

So what’s holding WNY back?

This first set of licenses are for people who were impacted by cannabis convictions in the past, called Conditional Adult-Use Retail Dispensaries (CAURD).
CAURD

Kenneth Gay, who owns Variscite NY One Inc., is suing the New York State Office of Cannabis Management because he was disqualified being that his cannabis-related crime was committed in Michigan, so he’s claiming he state is discriminating and violating constitutional law.

The following five regions where he applied are now barred from receiving licenses for the time being:

Western New YorkCentral New YorkBrooklynMid-HudsonFinger Lakes Taylor Epps Five regions are barred from receiving cannabis licensing because of a court case

How does this impact us locally?
Well, it looks like the wait continues for dispensaries in WNY.

“It’s tough right now in the business and having this very slow progression,”

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New dispensary opens in Beckley – WVNS-TV

BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) — The Landing Dispensary located on Robert C. Byrd Drive is Beckley’s newest medical cannabis dispensary.

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What sets them apart from other dispensaries is they grow their product right here in West Virginia, according to Rob McCourt, Vice President of Sales.

“It’s our staff. Our priority is our patient education and compassion and it’s really important to become educated as there are so many potential options for treating one of the qualifying conditions,” McCourt said.

Resources and information are plastered throughout the lobby and building to help point patients in the right decision for what they need.

Jacob Stout, the General Manager, is also a patient. He said he takes medical cannabis and finds it to be better than prescription medications.

“Well, just the addiction from it and just the side effects it’s a whole lot easier for the plant that’s natural and there’s not an addiction associated from it and it’s a whole lot better for you,” Stout said.

The dispensary plans to host a grand opening celebration on Friday, December 9, 2022, with food

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