New York State Convicted Him. Now It’s Made Him a Weed Pioneer.

Roland Conner became the first person with a criminal conviction to open a licensed cannabis dispensary in New York with the state’s help.

Roland Conner’s first foray into the weed business as a teenager in the early 1990s resulted in a string of arrests and convictions on possession and other charges.

Now, at 50, he is returning to the industry, this time with the state’s full support. Mr. Conner, who grew up in public housing in Far Rockaway, Queens, opened a dispensary on Tuesday in Greenwich Village under a state initiative to give people convicted of offenses related to cannabis a head start in the newly legal business.

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