First woman owned cannabis shop opens in Buffalo –

The rollout of cannabis dispensary licenses has been marred by lawsuit after lawsuit, but some progress is being made.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Allentown is home to Buffalo’s 5th state-licensed cannabis dispensary, the first that is Black and woman-owned. 

Public Flower opened its doors Monday at 232 Allen St. for customers. The shop is owned by Sheldon Anderson and Moriah Kelly. 

The Public Flower team first applied for their license in September 2022. 

“We were awarded the license in July of 2023,” Anderson said. “Prior to July, there was some injunctions and some issues.”

Ultimately the lawsuit was resolved by November 2023, and Public Flower worked to get their state-licensed shop open.

“This support is not just about business, but it’s about ushering in a new era of Economic Development and Community Enrichment,” said Public Flower CTO Moriah Kelly. 

The state’s rollout of its retail cannabis program has been marred with lawsuits and delays. 

Governor Hochul, while in Buffalo last week, expressed her frustration with the program. 

“Last time I was here, I voiced my extreme displeasure at the rate of the rollout,” Hochul

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