ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Black owned in a budding industry. A Conditional Adult Use Cannabis Dispensary had its future business site approved by local regulators. Officials and the business owner are hoping the proposed dispensary’s presence be one less vacant storefront in Downtown Albany.
“It’s been an uphill battle going on March. It’s gonna be three years that I’ve been trying to get into the cannabis industry but there’s so many ups and downs” said Amin Cowan.
Cowan says he was granted a Conditional Adult Use Retail Dispensary (CUARD pronounced “CARD”) license back in March. CUARD is just one of many steps businesses need to go through in order to sell adult-use cannabis in New York State.
Cowan now wants to look at other kinds of adult use licenses for his future dispensary Mr. Good Vybz. He says it’s surreal to see the plant that got people put into prison, become a legal economic opportunity.
“It’s something that we’ve been doing since the beginning of time, we’ve just been getting reprimanded for it” said Cowan. “It’s a new way to bring prosperity to the community” the businessman added.