A group of entrepreneurs and social justice advocates believes it is poised to become Woodstock’s first adult-use cannabis dispensary once the state opens applications for licenses for such facilities.
“We want a dispensary that Woodstock could be proud of, one that’s a good neighbor and contributes to the town. We decided that, in order to have that, we’d have to do it ourselves,” said Eliza Kunkel, who, along with Erin Cadigan and Lisa Montanus, hopes to open Illuminated Leaf.
“I feel like we all believe that it’s important that we are locals, and that we’re bringing our own connections to the community into the business,” said Montanus, who is director of community outreach and education. “We all share the same values. We’re very much about contributing and giving back to the community, and that excites me as well.”
The dispensary will not just be a retail operation; a big focus will be on education. “We’re going to provide workshops and informational sessions for people to come and learn about all things related to cannabis. What’s happening with the laws in New York State? Once we’re open, what products will be available for people to consume? How can they consume the products? How to talk to your kids about cannabis?” Montanus said. “We want to be transparent and we want to provide enough information as we possibly can for people, so we’ll be having outside speakers come in.”
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