First legal recreational marijuana shop opens in New York City

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New York’s first legal recreational marijuana dispensary opened on Thursday in the heart of Manhattan.

More than 100 people crowded into the dispensary in New York City’s East Village, run by the nonprofit Housing Works, a group dedicated to fighting homelessness and AIDS.

“The first legal adult-use cannabis sales mark a historic milestone in New York’s cannabis industry,” said Governor Kathy Hochul, who oversees the fourth most populous US state.

Hochul said in a statement that she expects New York to serve “as a national model for the safe, equitable and inclusive industry we are now building.”

Ex-felons get first licenses

Housing Works was among the first of 36 groups or individuals granted a retail marijuana license on November 21.

The stated goal of New York is to grant the first 150 licenses to traders convicted in the past for possession or sale of cannabis.

The goal is to repair what Hochul described as the unfair and…

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