Already home to the Empire State’s first and only legal recreational cannabis dispensary, New York City will soon make way for a second.
Gothamist reports that a new pot dispensary called “Smacked” will open this month in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village after a local community board “voted unanimously” last Wednesday to endorse the store.
The dispensary “is set for a ‘soft launch’ to members of the press on Wednesday, Jan. 18, and will open to the general public later in the week,” according to Gothamist.
Regulators in New York approved 36 licenses for recreational marijuana dispensaries in November.
Those first three dozen licenses were issued under the state’s “Seeding Opportunity Initiative,” which ensures that “New York’s first legal adult-use retail dispensaries will be operated by those most impacted by the enforcement of the prohibition of cannabis or nonprofit organizations whose services include support for the formerly incarcerated.”
Unveiled last year, the initiative designates the first adult-use cannabis retail licenses for individuals with a prior cannabis conviction, or a family member of an individual with such a conviction.
But despite the approval for those license holders, there is currently only one state-sanctioned recreational cannabis retailer open in New York.
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