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New York’s first legal adult-use dispensary sale comes from CNY farm

The first legal dispensary for recreational cannabis in New York rung up its first sales on Thursday, opening up what is expected to be one of the country’s most lucrative markets for cannabis — underscored by the dozens of unauthorized shops that have operated in the open for years.

The widely anticipated opening of the first state-sanctioned dispensary, which is operated by the nonprofit Housing Works and features cannabis grown in Central New York, paves the way for a string of openings expected in the coming months in New York. The state legalized recreational cannabis use in March 2021.

A line of hundreds snaked around the block, many giddy with excitement over the opening. The whiff of cannabis filled the air. Lino Pastrana was among those waiting his turn after the store opened to the public at 4:20 on Thursday afternoon.

“This is historical. It’s really important for us who buy and smoke weed because we can buy quality instead of buying random weed that you don’t know what it’s mixed with,” Pastrana said.


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