Western New York gets its third cannabis dispensary – Buffalo News

Samantha Christmann

Two weeks after a judge lifted a legal injunction barring the opening of new recreational cannabis dispensaries in the state, Western New York will get its third legal pot store.

Premier Earth will open at 4:20 p.m. Wednesday at 1297 Hertel Ave. in a former post office.

“It has been a great reception from the community,” said Mark Schlueter, sales director and general manager. “Everybody has been dealing with the sticker shops and the illegal stuff and we’ve been getting great feedback that it’s good to have something that’s New York State certified here.”

Owner and East Side native Joe Wojciechowski received his license back in April and leased the building in June, but the opening was put on hold by a lawsuit from a group of military veterans and medical dispensary operators who sued, saying they were unconstitutionally left out of the licensing application process.

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“We were all ready to open up. The facility was completely done and we had to just wait,” Schlueter said. “There was a lot of bills going out, a lot of lease payments and stuff like that and then

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