Legalization & Regulatory News
New York Dispensaries
Smacked Opened January 24, 2023 as the 2nd New York City Cannabis Adult-Use Dispensary
Congratulations to Smacked, the second adult use dispensary to open in New York City and the first New York dispensary owned by a justice involved license holder. Owner Roland Conner was formerly incarcerated for marijuana. CWCBExpo was on site witnessing history as Smacked opened up on January 24 at 144 Bleecker Street in Manhattan to hundreds of buyers of legal weed. Mr. Conner and his dispensary is one of the first examples of the New York Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) implementing their social equity plan regarding issued licenses and dispensary ownership. The OCM asserts that 36 more licenses will be issued in the coming weeks.
After making the first legacy to legal sale, Mr. Conner addressed the crowd: “If it wasn’t for him [Ronald’s son, Darius Conner] and what he was doing in the legacy market, which reminds me of myself twenty-five years ago doing the same thing that got me in trouble. And so with him, I said to him, I said, listen, what we need to do at this point is figure out what’s going on, how we can do this legally, and we went down this journey, and this journey has brought me to actually having him do the first legal sale from legacy to legal. And so that’s the journey me and him went on and I’m really happy about it.”
– Roland Conner, opening day of his store Smacked, January 24, 2023
Congratulations to the first eight Adult Use dispensaries that opened up in Connecticut on January 10. They collectively brought in over $2 million in sales on the first day. What a great addition to the East Coast’s booming legal cannabis business market.
New Jersey Consumption Areas
The NJ Cannabis Regulatory Commission (NJCRC) has issued their proposed rules amendments regarding cannabis consumption areas. Be mindful of the public commentary period expiring on March 18, 2023. Get your comments into the NJCRC.
U. S. Virgin Islands Passes Adult Use
Congratulations to the US Virgin Islands for passing adult use and medical cannabis legislation. Their passage laid out a comprehensive legalization of cannabis. The Virgin Islands Cannabis Use Act was signed on Wednesday, January 18, 2023 by Governor Albert Bryan, Jr.
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