Tag: cannabis

Legal Cannabis Shop Cleared To Open in Astoria After Two-Month Battle

  By John Schilling Ozone Park resident Jeremy Rivera sat at home back in April, nervously awaiting an email that could change his life as he knew it.  A three-time convicted felon on various drug charges who reinvented himself as the head of a construction company post-incarceration, Rivera sought a new beginning for himself once… Read more »

New adult-use cannabis dispensary set to open on Myrtle Avenue in Ridgewood

Aug. 18, 2023 By Anthony Medina

A second Conditional Adult-Use Retail Dispensary (CAURD) application within the Community Board 5 district plans to set up shop on 57-01 Myrtle Ave. in Ridgewood sometime in November, according to the owners of the cannabis dispensary.

‘It’s like a calling’: Inside an Ozone Park resident’s journey from convicted felon to legal cannabis shop owner in Astoria

Jul. 24, 2023 By John Schilling When 29-year-old Jeremy Rivera stood before a judge in Queens County Court on Aug. 8, 2016, he was sentenced to two years in Gouverneur Correctional Facility in Upstate New York for a non-violent crime: possession of a controlled substance in the third degree. Prior to his arrest, Rivera was…
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State approves 18 recreational cannabis shop applications from Queens businesses

Apr. 11, 2023 By Julia Moro Last week, the New York State Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) approved licenses for a slew of new Cannabis shops coming to New York City, 18 of which from Queens. Qualifying businesses had to have a cannabis-related offense that occurred prior to the passage of the Marijuana Regulation and…
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Owner of well-known Astoria pet shop receives community board approval to open neighborhood’s first legal cannabis dispensary

April 4, 2023 By Michael Dorgan The owner of a well-known pet shop in Astoria has become the first person to get Community Board 1 approval to open a legal cannabis dispensary in the neighborhood. Keith Dalessio, whose family has operated Astoria Pets on Steinway Street for around 40 years, appeared before the board’s executive… Read more »

State’s first woman-owned, adult-use cannabis dispensary opening in Queens March 30

Mar. 27, 2023 By Ethan Marshall Gov. Kathy Hochul on Monday announced that New York state’s first woman-owned conditional adult-use retail cannabis dispensary will open in Queens on Thursday. The cannabis shop Good Grades, located at 162-03 Jamaica Ave. in Jamaica, is scheduled to open at 2 p.m. on March 30. In addition to being the…
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