Two new dispensaries get initial OK to launch on the Upper East Side of NYC

This story was republished with permission from Crain’s New York

Members of Community Board 8’s Street Life Committee on Tuesday night gave the thumbs-up to both of the proposed pot shops: one slated for 1707 Second Ave. and the other at 1190 Lexington Ave.

Applicant Anthony Melchior, the owner of Green Health LLC, is behind the Lexington Avenue space, currently a roughly 800-square-foot vacant storefront at East 81st Street. He said he wants to offer cannabis connoisseurs a product that’s in line with the character of the ritzy neighborhood.

Brooks and Melchior have already secured licenses to operate from the state’s Office of Cannabis Management.

Gov. Kathy Hochul last week called the launch of the state-run legal weed industry a “disaster,” as illicit cannabis stores proliferate in nearly every corner of the city. And the Upper East Side is no stranger to the unlawful storefronts, though a recent crackdown by the city Sheriff’s Office resulted in at least two arrests and more than $160,000 in fines, the website Patch reported.

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