Utica’s First Legal NYS Licensed Weed Dispensary Open – WIBX AM 950

Since the legalization of recreational Marijuana in 2022 citizens across the state have been anxiously awaiting the opening of dispensaries in their city, town or village. Now, the residents of Utica will wait no longer as the area’s first officially licensed pot shop is now open on Genesee Street in Utica.

Exit 31 Exotic is officially open at 255 Genesee Street in Downtown Utica and they are hosting a Grand Opening on Tuesday, February 20th, 2024 at 3:30 p.m. Dylan Bellinger is the General Manager of Exit 31 Exotic and he’s very excited about the end of a long journey and start of a new one.

Bellinger tells WIBX,

Our owner started this journey in 2022 and through lawsuits and court battles we’ve made it through and are finally here. Everything comes from New York State, tested in New York State and sold in New York State.

According to the New York State Department of Cannabis Management the only locations allowed to sell retail marijuana are ones officially licensed by the state. According to New York State,

Conditional Adult-Use Retail Dispensary (CAURD) Licenses will be the first adult-use retail dispensary licenses issued in New York State. The businesses awarded this license (licensees) will be the first to

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