First cannabis dispensary in Benicia opens – Vallejo Times-Herald

Peanut butter and jelly. Paul McCartney and John Lennon. A bow and arrow. Salt and pepper.

A cannabis dispensary and art gallery?

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Saturday morning in Benicia at STIIIZY, and the customers and workers were both hoping that the new cannabis dispensary — the first ever in Benicia — can be a successful combination like the ones mentioned above.

STIIIZY Benicia will contribute over 39 jobs to the area and signals a new era when cities recognize cannabis’ transformative potential and work collaboratively with cannabis companies to positively impact the community, a news release from STIIIZY stated.

The retail space for cannabis will include a 600-square foot art gallery, featuring an exhibition by Arts Benicia Presents that will feature works by artists with studios located in the historic Arsenal District of Benicia, including Paula Boas, Laura Garcia, Joe Garcia, Susan Marcus Sachs and Randall Sextona.

“I think it’s fantastic and classy,” Arts Benicia Executive Director Celeste Smeland said while viewing the gallery. “This is great for Benicia and I’m proud to have another venue to showcase this art.”

Benicia Mayor Steve Young cut the ribbon with a big pair of scissors with STIIIZY Senior Coordinator Victoria Kernen.

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Residents weigh in on permitting marijuana dispensaries on Grand Island – Niagara Frontier Publications

Metro Creative Connection

Sat, Sep 25th 2021 10:50 am

By Alice E. Gerard

Kelly Gast enjoys participating in athletic and long-distance endurance events. She is a mountain climber, and she teaches and practices yoga.

“I choose to live a healthy lifestyle,” Gast said via Zoom at the Sept. 20 Grand Island Town Board meeting. “I try to take care of myself as holistically as possible. I don’t drink alcohol, although I don’t shame those who do. I suffer from inflammatory conditions, along with chronic migraines. To control them sometimes requires an obscene amount of ibuprofen and prescription medications that wreak havoc on my liver. I recently turned to cannabis, in either edible or capsule form, to provide me with great relief.”

New York state towns, villages and cities, until Dec. 31, 2021, have the option of passing a local law opting out of allowing adult-use cannabis retail dispensaries or facilities permitting on-site consumption of cannabis within their jurisdictions. If a municipality chooses to opt out, it has the option of opting in at a later date. If the community does not enact opt-out legislation by the deadline, it cannot opt out at a later date,

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Webinar Replay – Building a Cannabis Business in New York: An Operator’s Perspective

For anyone who was unable to join our September 23rd webinar, Building a Cannabis Business in New York: An Operator’s Perspective, we’ve got you covered! Below, please find the full presentation for your viewing pleasure.

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Amazon Trumpets Support for Cannabis Industry: Week in Review – Cannabis Dispensary

When Wanda James was working to open her first cannabis dispensary over ten years ago, she was poised with many stressors, such as raising capital and worrying about not going to jail in the midst of it.

In 2009, James and her husband, Scott Durrah, opened the first Black-owned dispensary in Denver, Colo., the Apothecary of Colorado. And in 2010, the couple launched Simply Pure edibles and became the first African Americans in the state “licensed to own a dispensary, a grow operation and an edibles company,” Cannabis Dispensary previously reported.

The cannabis industry was in a “very different place back then,” James said. Not only did she have to stress about acquiring funding, but she also had to worry about the negative comments she would get from others on how she was making a wrong decision.

“In 2009, I remember The Denver Post wrote an article called ‘Coming Out of The Cannabis Closet,’ and I got so many phone calls from all of the politicians that I work with and business people telling me that life as I knew it was over, [and] I ruined my reputation,” James said. “And that was a real thing.”

James expressed that the money involved in opening a dispensary

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First recreational marijuana dispensary opens in Muskegon Heights – WZZM13.com

Medical and adult-use marijuana sales totaled just over $165 Million in revenue in Michigan in August.

It’s a first for Muskegon Heights — a marijuana dispensary is now open for business. The Reef is an adult-use marijuana dispensary, opening nearly a year after the city passed its marijuana ordinance.

“It’s been going very well. We had a strong start,” Director of Operations Rush Hasad says. “Seems like the local residents enjoy their flower and it seems like they enjoy their pre-rolls. Those two categories are doing well for us.”

The Detroit-based provisioning center partnered up with a Muskegon Heights resident to come to town, and after getting approval from the city, the owners started construction in November 2020. 

“It’s been great so far,” Hasad says. 

Medical and adult-use marijuana sales totaled just over $165 Million in revenue in Michigan in August, and with millions made in tax revenue every year, City Manager Troy Bell says he’s excited to welcome the business to town, along with more in the future.  

“It’s one that’s more than 45% minority and 45% local participation in the project,” he says. “We anticipate that there’ll

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The Fight to Raise Capital – Cannabis Dispensary

When Wanda James was working to open her first cannabis dispensary over ten years ago, she was poised with many stressors, such as raising capital and worrying about not going to jail in the midst of it.

In 2009, James and her husband, Scott Durrah, opened the first Black-owned dispensary in Denver, Colo., the Apothecary of Colorado. And in 2010, the couple launched Simply Pure edibles and became the first African Americans in the state “licensed to own a dispensary, a grow operation and an edibles company,” Cannabis Dispensary previously reported.

The cannabis industry was in a “very different place back then,” James said. Not only did she have to stress about acquiring funding, but she also had to worry about the negative comments she would get from others on how she was making a wrong decision.

“In 2009, I remember The Denver Post wrote an article called ‘Coming Out of The Cannabis Closet,’ and I got so many phone calls from all of the politicians that I work with and business people telling me that life as I knew it was over, [and] I ruined my reputation,” James said. “And that was a real thing.”

James expressed that the money involved in opening a dispensary

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