First legal New York dispensary to open Tuesday – Buffalo News

Samantha Christmann

Western New Yorkers will be able to legally buy cannabis at the state’s first recreational dispensary Tuesday at 4:20 p.m. 

Dank, at 501 Main St., will open its doors earlier than expected, well ahead of its planned opening Saturday. 

At long last, Western New York will get its first state-licensed cannabis dispensaries.

That leapfrogs it ahead of Herbal IQ, which plans to open its doors Friday at 6055 Transit Road in Depew.

Opening first has been a big deal to Dank owner Aaron Van Camp, who has been hard at work to get the doors open since he was awarded his conditional license April 3. He said finally opening for business will be a relief.

“We are busy getting ready,” Van Camp said Monday.

The change is all the more devastating to small pot operators by the state’s slow rollout of its legal cannabis dispensary program.

Just over a dozen state-licensed recreational cannabis dispensaries have opened, none of them in Western New York.

The state has set aside 22 licenses for

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