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New York City’s first recreational marijuana store to open in Manhattan next week

New York — The Big Apple will be the first acquisition recreational marijuana clinic at the end of the month, Governor Kathy Hochul announced on Wednesday.

History is made in just one week.a building in manhattan It houses the state’s first legal pot dispensary. Run by Housing Works, a non-profit organization that helps people living with HIV/AIDS.

“We have been serving communities affected by cannabis criminalization since day one, and this feels like a continuation of our mission,” said Elizabeth Koke, Creative Director of Housing Works. increase.

Housing Works says all proceeds from store sales will be used to further its mission. State cannabis regulators say the tax helps improve communities.

“As well as supporting public education, we support drug treatment prevention education and support programs such as vocational training, re-entry services, and continuing adult education programs,” said the executive director of the Cannabis Control Authority. Chris Alexander said.

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This is also an opportunity for the city to crack down on illegal weed dealers.

“We believe the legal cannabis industry balances the illegal one. Suit you.” Mayor Eric Adams Said.

Just a five-minute walk from the Housing Works clinic on Broadway, another clinic has been proposed, run by the Doe Fund, which has helped people struggling with substance abuse. Housing Works responded.

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The state’s Seed Opportunity Initiative prioritizes judicial cannabis convicts and nonprofits that help run dispensaries for those harmed by the injustice of cannabis prohibition.

“What can I do? Thank God. What else can I say? Thank God,” said Gold of Harlem’s Kodjo Tossabi.

Across from the Apollo Theater is another possible pharmacy location. The 125th Street bid said no to it in a petition, adding that it would increase loitering, panhandling and gang violence. However, Tosabi, who works next door, is against it. He was arrested 10 years ago for weed possession outside his shop.

“There will be more eyes. People will wonder what’s going on there and why people come there. It will help business,” Tosabi said.

One New Yorker said he was skeptical about where the money would go.

“I like their feelings, but never. No matter what, you’re dealing with people whose money controls everything. The rich will get rich out of it, and the people will suffer.” .Upper West Side. New York City’s first recreational marijuana store to open in Manhattan next week

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