Bliss + Lex to Open Manhattan’s First Black Woman-Owned Dispensary in Upper East Side – Yahoo Finance

Native New Yorkers Move from Teaching and Nonprofits to Launch Family Business

NEW YORK, March 19, 2024–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Bliss + Lex, Manhattan’s Upper East Side latest state-licensed dispensary, is celebrating its grand opening on Wednesday, March 20. It is Manhattan’s first Black woman-owned dispensary and a Conditional Adult-Use Retail Dispensary (CAURD) licensee. Bliss + Lex is the second retailer to open in collaboration with the Housing Works CAURD Community Initiative, which offers a range of critical support for New York social-equity cannabis entrepreneurs.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to pull up our own seat at the table in the cannabis industry. As entrepreneurs, we have a chance to create a legacy, change the trajectory of our family’s future and give back to the community in new ways,” said Nicole Lucien, Co-Founder and CEO of Bliss + Lex, who is opening the dispensary with her husband, Christopher Lucien. “As a former New York City public school educator, my life has been dedicated to family and community, our careers in service, and now we are proud to share our passion for the plant.”

Future plans include support to causes the Lucien family holds dear, including Housing Works and other community-based nonprofits aiding education, domestic violence, and

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