Recreational marijuana: 2nd legal weed dispensary in New York opening Tuesday in Greenwich VillagePosted by On

GREENWICH VILLAGE, Manhattan (WABC) — New York State’s second legal marijuana shop is holding a ceremonial first sale Monday before it opens to the public on Tuesday.

The store on Bleeker Street in Greenwich Village is called Smacked.

It is the first legal dispensary opening in New York State that is owned by someone with a previous marijuana conviction.

They’re holding a press conference about it later Monday morning.

Earlier this month, the thrift shop Housing Works was the first to open a licensed dispensary in New York State.

It is also located in Greenwich Village, about a 10-minute walk from Smacked.

A spokesperson for the state’s Office of Cannabis Management says they’re going to open up about 36 more shops in the coming weeks.

The locations are strategic, located away from schools and not too close together.

The product in the shops comes from regulated farms, and it has been tested in state labs.

Right now there are roughly 1400 illegal weed shops across the city.

Businesses have been taking advantage of what appears to be a lack of consequences for selling without a license.

The issue was the subject of a New York City Council joint committee oversight hearing last week.

Eyewitness News anchor Bill Ritter asked the Office of Cannabis Management’s senior policy director about the problem on Up Close.

“The way we’re running the dispensaries, there’s going to be a buffer between each one,” said Alex Bernabe. “So you’re not going to get what you have here, with five or six of…

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