New Cannabis Dispensary In Greenwich Village Marks Racial Equity Milestone In NY
Smacked LLC opened as a husband-and-wife team at 144 Bleecker St
A new cannabis dispensary is set to open in Greenwich Village Tuesday and the owners behind the operation held an emotional celebration Monday where they recognized their life journey: from criminal conviction to business entrepreneur.
Roland Conner, an African American who is opening Smacked LLC with his wife at 144 Bleecker St., was joined by elected officials at the dispensary this morning, where he recognized that the opening was far from easy–since he had past cannabis convictions like so many men of color before him.
His wife, Patricia Connor, was overcome with emotion, which led to Roland wiping away tears from her eyes.
“I got emotional because I know our private conversations. I know what he’s been through throughout his life and to see him… it was just emotional,” she told amNewYork Metro after the speeches had wrapped up. “It’s amazing. I mean, I’m still in shock. Honestly, I am still in shock. But it’s amazing—I’m just so happy.”
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