A host of cannabis industry players, along with a handful of curious consumers, lined up on Bleecker Street in Greenwich Village on Tuesday morning to be the first visitors at the state’s second recreational dispensary: Smacked LLC.
Smacked’s public opening didn’t garner anywhere near as big a crowd as the debut of the state’s first shop, which was opened by the nonprofit Housing Works last month. But the store fulfills a key piece of the social equity promise state cannabis officials made when they began building the new industry: It’s the first dispensary in New York to be owned and operated by someone with a past marijuana conviction.
Perhaps because this opening took place in the morning rather than in the late afternoon, only about 35 people had lined up when the doors were set to open at 10 a.m. By contrast, hundreds of customers turned out to the Housing Works opening.
First in line at Smacked was Coss Marte, a Lower East Sider who applied for his own license through the state’s Conditional Adult Use Retail Dispensary program and is still awaiting a determination.
“I feel like everybody that’s been impacted by the justice system should be out here supporting,” said Marte, who