New adult-use cannabis dispensary opens in Allentown – WIVB.com – News 4

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A new cannabis dispensary opened its doors on Allen Street on Monday. Public Flower is the first Black and woman owned pot shop in Buffalo, joining a short list of open cannabis dispensaries in the region.

The owners, Sheldon Anderson and Moriah Kelly, say they received their license months ago, and opening their store stalled because of ongoing litigation against the state and the Office of Cannabis Management.

Anderson says he is grateful to have his doors open and ready for customers, especially as a Conditional Adult-Use Retail Dispensary (CAURD) licensee.

Why is it so difficult for dispensary owners to navigate state regulations?

“Black equity is a real thing. Buffalo has diversity and there are entrepreneurs who are ready and able to take advantage of different markets,” Anderson said.

Public Flower opened online sales last week and had its grand opening at their store days later with several political figures on hand. Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes has pointed to a lack of staff in the Office of Cannabis Management and ongoing lawsuits as the reason for license delays. She says New York legalized weed before

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