New York celebrated the first dispensary in New York City owned by someone directly impacted by the War on Drugs on Monday. Roland Conner will open the Smacked dispensary today in Greenwich Village, close to New York University.
Conner told NY1 he had been incarcerated for possession of cannabis and had marijuana-related convictions that date back to 1991.
While the excitement was palpable, don’t get used to the current location, as the current store on Bleecker Street is only temporary.
Reuben McDaniel, president & CEO of the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY) and board member of the Office of Cannabis Management, noted that the permanent store was waiting on a final design from the Temeka Group. Once that gets approved, the store will close in order for the new design to be implemented.
The idea of a cannabis “pop-up” is unusual considering how other states tightly control security requirements. The current configuration doesn’t allow for standard security features, such as access cards to enter secure areas. Instead, armed guards will be stationed in critical areas.
“What we decided to do with the assessments and stuff we’re doing with the properties takes time to get the