NY’s Third Legal Cannabis Dispensary Opens Near Union Square

Union Square Travel Agency will help financially support The Doe Fund

Terrence Coffie made the first purchase Monday at the city’s newest marijuana dispensary.

Coffie, co-founder of the group Cannabis Justice Equity Initiative, spent time in prison and later received help from the Doe Fund, a nonprofit that provides job opportunities and shelter to the homeless and formerly incarcerated.

“This comes full circle,” said Coffie.

“When I got out of prison,” he said, “I came to the Doe Fund in an effort to change my life.”

The Doe Fund is one of eight nonprofits serving the formerly incarcerated that have received dispensary licenses. Most of the net revenue from the newly opened dispensary, called the Union Square Travel Agency, will go toward its programs.

“It’s a perfect match,” said Felipe Vargas, senior vice president of programs at the Doe Fund. “We’re about economic empowerment at the Doe Fund. And this is a perfect opportunity for us to empower the people that we serve.”

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