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SCHENECTADY — Two years after state lawmakers legalized marijuana for adult use, the Electric City will see its first cannabis sales at a Union Street dispensary next month. 

Donald Andrews, who received one of the first dispensary licenses in the state last September, said this week he is poised to be the first in the Capital Region to begin retail marijuana sales after receiving his final state approvals last month. He is in the process of converting his CBD store front at 1613 Union St. into the Upstate Canna Co. dispensary, with plans to hold a ceremonial soft opening on March 31 that will include appearances by state officials before beginning retail operations the following day.

“We’re ready to go,” he said. “It’s been a long process, but we’re moving forward with everything.”

Andrews, who also owns Upstate CBD in Glenville and VapedCity Smokeshop in Scotia, received a dispensary license as part of the state’s Conditional Adult-Use Retail Dispensaries program, which gives stakeholders convicted of past marijuana-related offenses the first opportunity to join the state’s recreational marijuana market. Andrews, 34, was convicted of two marijuana-related offenses in the last 2000s.

The state’s Office of Cannabis Management, which regulates the marijuana industry, did not immediately return a request seeking comment.

A 2007 Schenectady High School graduate, Andrews first opened his Scotia vape shop in 2013 and expanded into the CBD business…

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