Second cannabis dispensary coming to Potsdam, opens Wednesday – Yahoo Finance

Dec. 12—POTSDAM — St. Lawrence County’s second legal marijuana store, Firehaus, opens doors Wednesday in the former Olympia Sports with a 1 p.m. grand opening.

The owner, Brian E. Mandell, received his cannabis retail license under New York’s social justice program that prioritizes licensing those with former marijuana convictions. He is a north country native who has lived in the Adirondacks his whole life.

He said he had several minor marijuana convictions on his record that derailed his college career. It precluded him from continuing to receive federal financial aid.

He ended up getting into the shoe business, selling shoes that are hard to find or rare, for about five years. When the state announced its legal cannabis retail program, Mandell said he put all his focus into that and eventually stopped selling shoes.

“It worked out for me. I was lucky enough,” he said Tuesday afternoon. “It took me almost a year from start to finish, the whole process. It’s a lot of hurdles, regulated industry. Nothing was too difficult, but a lot of detail-oriented stuff.”

He said he’s wanted to get into the legal cannabis field “for a long time” after having traveled out of state and seeing legal operations elsewhere in the

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