New York now accepting applications to open recreational cannabis dispensaries – CBS New York

NEW YORK — A New York man who served time for marijuana charges now hopes for a license to sell it legally. 

The state has set aside 150 retail licenses for people with pot-related offenses to promote social justice equity. 

As CBS2’s Tony Aiello reports, inside an historic Bronx building, entrepreneurs were looking to the future, cheering as their application for a license to sell cannabis products was uploaded and accepted on a state website. 

“This is a life-changing, historical moment. We could possibly be one of the first dispensaries in the whole state of New York,” said Coss Marte. 

Marte founded “CONBUD.” The name is a nod to his past convictions on drug charges. He turned his life around, gained fame with his CONBODY fitness classes led by formerly incarcerated people and is grateful New York is reserving 150 licenses for people impacted by enforcement of prior prohibitions on cannabis. 

“I was 13 years old when I was incarcerated for marijuana. To see that today I’m going to possibly open a dispensary where I’ll be selling weed legally, it’s just, I would never imagine this,” Marte said. 

“For New York state to open it to formerly incarcerated individuals who were convicted of marijuana convictions

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