Queens’ first legal recreational marijuana dispensary set to openPosted by On

JAMAICA, Queens (PIX11) — Feverish, last-minute touches, including painting, stocking shelves and hashing out the final game plan, were all happening Wednesday night on the eve of a grand opening of Queens’ first legal recreational marijuana dispensary.

Simply put, the level of excitement is sky high inside the new Good Grades marijuana dispensary in Jamaica, Queens. Good Grades will open to the public on Thursday at 2 p.m. at 162-03 Jamaica Avenue.

New York City’s first three legal dispensaries are all located in Manhattan. Good Grades will be the first to open in Queens. And, as we prepare to close out Women’s History Month, it will also be New York City’s first dispensary to be majority owned by a woman: 26-year-old Extasy James.

“I think I’m still in shock right now. Being on the outside, like a customer, I’ve been around the area and there’s a lot of people that would like to consume cannabis. There’s a lot of people that use CBD in the area. And since they’re shutting down a lot of illegal shops, we’re right here, right on the strip. We’re number one, and we’re ready to go,” said Extasy.

As a justice-involved individual impacted by low-level marijuana laws before decriminalization, Extasy’s license application was prioritized.

The venture, located in a prime, busy location right on Jamaica Avenue, is also supported by the New York State Social Equity Cannabis…

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