Tuesday marks the opening of the city’s second legal marijuana dispensary. But this will be the first time that a person with a prior marijuana conviction will receive it. On Bleecker Street, a new store is opening, but also a lifetime of possibility.
Roland Conner pronounced it to be “overpowering.” Conner has this opportunity because he spent time on a marijuana-related infraction, which is overwhelming. Even after serving their sentence, stigmas associated with being locked up remain with the person, according to Conner.
However, New York state enacted a measure that lawmakers claim will remedy a social justice wrong and grant the first group of victims of the system permission to lawfully sell marijuana. “Everyone, in my opinion, deserves a chance. They shouldn’t hold that against you since you complete your sentence, return home, and are able to find employment “Conner added.
“That’s one of the major things they need to solve,” I said. The repair in this case starts on Tuesday at 10 a.m. And customers had better be prepared. There were lineups around the block when the city’s first authorized dispensary opened last month.
Roland Conner will be the first in a long line of individuals to be given the opportunity to start a dispensary in the interim. According to Bill Thompson, a former city comptroller, “this is the first but not the last, so there will be another 149 others that we get to commemorate.”
Christopher Marte, a city councilman, stated that this is personal to him. “My parents used to warn me as a child to avoid drug dealers. If you turn away from somebody who has been to prison, you could get shot. However, it can be quite difficult to escape these situations when the drug dealer is your brother, the prisoner is your cousin, and the victim of the shooting was one of your friends “Marte stated.
Conner claimed that being surrounded by his loved ones, including his wife and son, who would be working with him, gives him strength. Patricia Conner remarked, “You’re not who you used to be, and your past is not your future. I’m just so proud of him.