New York State’s first legal cannabis dispensary opens in Manhattan

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NEW YORK — The non-profit Housing Works in Manhattan became the state’s first legal cannabis dispensary on Thursday.

Housing Works, which provides services to people with HIV/AIDS and homeless people, will make its first sale at 4:20 p.m. It was one out of 36 dispensaries that received licenses from the state.

The state legalized the recreational use of marijuana in March 2021 and issued the first round of licenses to people and people and non-profits on November 21 of this year.

None of the licenses were issued in the Rochester region because of a federal lawsuit that claims New York’s license application process discriminates against people outside the state. The lawsuit affects the Finger Lakes, Central New York, Western New York, the mid-Hudson region, and Brooklyn.

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