In the state of New York, where cannabis is now legal for recreational use, many individuals who were once incarcerated for drug offenses are now able to turn their lives around and become successful entrepreneurs in the industry. One such individual is Anthony Lewis, who was sentenced to 15 years in prison for possession and sale of drugs.
After being released from prison, Lewis decided to enter the cannabis industry and opened his own weed shop in New York City. He’s now the owner of Harlem Hemptress, a cannabis dispensary that serves the community and employs individuals who were also impacted by the War on Drugs.
As Lewis said in an interview with NBC New York, “I wanted to take something that was detrimental to my life and turn it into something positive.” His shop not only provides a safe and legal outlet for cannabis, but it also helps to create jobs and support those who have been affected by the criminalization of drugs.
The legalization of cannabis in New York is not only beneficial for individuals like Lewis, but it also has the potential to generate revenue for the state and decrease the number of people incarcerated for non-violent drug offenses.
It’s inspiring to see individuals like Anthony Lewis taking charge of their lives and turning their experiences into something positive for their communities. His story is a reminder of the importance of criminal justice reform and the benefits of a regulated cannabis market. With the legalization of cannabis, we hope to see more individuals like Lewis able to succeed and thrive in the industry.
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