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Bliss + Lex to Open Manhattan’s First Black Woman-Owned Dispensary

It's a Conditional Adult-Use Retail Dispensary (CAURD) licensee.

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Bliss + Lex

Bliss + Lex, Manhattan’s Upper East Side latest state-licensed dispensary, is celebrating its grand opening on Wednesday, March 20. It said it is Manhattan’s first Black woman-owned dispensary and a Conditional Adult-Use Retail Dispensary (CAURD) licensee. Bliss + Lex is the second retailer to open in collaboration with the Housing Works CAURD Community Initiative, which offers a range of critical support for New York social-equity cannabis entrepreneurs.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to pull up our own seat at the table in the cannabis industry. As entrepreneurs, we have a chance to create a legacy, change the trajectory of our family’s future and give back to the community in new ways,” said Nicole Lucien, Co-Founder and CEO of Bliss + Lex, who is opening the dispensary with her husband, Christopher Lucien. “As a former New York City public school educator, my life has been dedicated to family and community, our careers in service, and now we are proud to share our passion for the plant.”

Future plans include support to causes the Lucien family holds dear, including Housing Works and other community-based nonprofits aiding education, domestic violence, and individuals with disabilities.

The 2,603 square-foot store will focus on highly-individualized consumer experiences, from quick, on-the-go ordering to inclusive, step-by-step walk-through education. Bliss + Lex will carry a range of products from brands such as Off Hours, 1906, TYSON 2.0 and more.

As part of its March 20 grand opening, Bliss + Lex will host a ribbon cutting with scheduled appearances, ahead of opening to the public at 4:20 p.m.

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