Man jailed for Marijuana, now NY dispensary owner – The Daily Nonpareil

When the war on marijuana came sweeping through his New York City housing project decades ago, Roland Conner found himself going in and out of jail. Now he’s opened the state’s first legal cannabis dispensary run by someone previously punished under New York’s old drug laws. His shop named “smacked” is in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village opened to the public Tuesday with the state’s support. It is New York’s second legal place to buy recreational marijuana, but the first to benefit from a program that set aside dispensary licenses for people with pot-related criminal convictions.

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