MJBiz - March/April 2024 - 50

IN FOCUS
Nifty Fifty
Empire State celebrates a marijuana milestone
A
painfully slow rollout, lack
of funding for social equity
entrepreneurs and an inability
to quell illicit operators have plagued
New York's budding adult-use
marijuana market. But matters have
improved in recent months.
Colonie, New York-based Brownies,
just outside the state capital of
Albany, became the 50th brick-andmortar
Conditional Adult-Use Retail
Dispensary (CAURD) to open in the
market and the 62nd recreational
marijuana retailer overall.
Kelly Hilland, a service-disabled
veteran, owns Brownies, the 14th
majority Black-owned store in New
York state.
Brownies' opening-day festivities
on Feb. 6 were attended by New York
Assembly Majority Leader Crystal
Peoples-Stokes, members of the state's
Office of Cannabis Management (OCM)
and other community leaders.
" This is a milestone that underscores
the importance of inclusivity and
represents a significant step forward
in our mission to ensure that all communities-especially
those historically
marginalized-have opportunities to
participate and thrive in the cannabis
industry, " OCM Executive Director Chris
Alexander said in a statement.
According to the OCM, the number
of licensed adult-use New York
cannabis retailers has more than
doubled since an injunction on
licensing was lifted Dec. 1.
The 62 existing adult-use retailers
are a mix of CAURD licensees with
storefronts, CAURD licensees providing
delivery services and adult-use shops
co-located with existing medical
marijuana dispensaries.
-Omar Sacirbey
50 March-April 2024 | MJBizMagazine
Kelly Hilland, owner of Brownies marijuana store in Colonie, New York,
cuts the ribbon for a grand opening celebration on Feb. 6. She is joined
by Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes and Chris Alexander,
executive director of the New York State Office of Cannabis Management.
The team behind Brownies, from left, Merlin Thomas, Cody Custard, Kelly
Hilland, Michael Hilland, Adrianna Mckoy and Natima Reid gather behind
the retail counter to celebrate the store's grand opening.
Photos by the New York State Office of Cannabis Management

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