After nearly two years since the legalization of marijuana, the New York State Office of Cannabis Management has announced that it would be increasing the number of dispensary licenses it grants to individuals who were previously subject to criminal prosecution for their involvement with the drug.
This expansion is intended to further the state’s seeding opportunity strategy, which distributes licenses for the state’s first legally operating shops to individuals who have been negatively impacted the most.
There will soon be twenty cannabis merchants who have been granted licenses in the Bronx. There will now be 38 people living in Brooklyn.
Some people believe that even while this opportunity can serve as a point of entry, it still comes with a lot of unreasonable expectations.
“You are required to demonstrate that you have been operating a real business for a minimum of two years, as stated by Hector “Freedom” Gerardo, the executive director of 1 Freedom For Everyone.
“How many persons do you know who have been connected with the criminal justice system and who also run a successful business?”
Gerardo claims that he is entitled to a license as a family member of someone who was previously imprisoned for cannabis crimes. Nevertheless, he notes that this license comes with a number of restrictions, one of which is a non-refundable application cost of $2,000.