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An upscale Fifth Avenue cannabis shop in Manhattan that holds one of only 10 licenses to operate a medical cannabis dispensary in the state has been kicked out of the New York Medical Cannabis Industry Association (NYMCIA).
The NYMCIA is severing its relationship with MedMen, the so-called “Apple Store of weed”, after allegations of racist and sexist comments and shady financial dealings by top execs surfaced last month.
A lawsuit filed in January at the Los Angeles Supreme Court by former MedMen CFO James Parker alleges that current CEO Adam Bierman called a city councilman a “midget negro,” Parker a “pussy bitch,” a Drug Policy Alliance rep as a “fat, black lesbian,” and that company President Andrew Modlin regularly referred to women as “cunts.” Parker says that Bierman used the company as a “piggy bank,” while acting with indifference to the wellbeing of the company’s shareholders.
The NYMCIA requested that MedMen resign from the organization, and warned the company that if they should choose not to resign, they would be expelled.
“The Association has a zero-tolerance discrimination policy for any of our members who engage in this type of despicable behavior,” NYMCIA reps wrote in a letter to state reps including New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Yi called the allegations “patently false” and “made by a disgruntled [former] employee and are untrue.”
MedMen was planning to open a second location in the Meatpacking District. Whether the company will persist with this plan is unclear.
Cuomo expressed support last month for the legalization of recreational cannabis, citing potential tax revenue from sales of the drug."
(Fractal's note: I checked these guys out day 2 of LA's recreational sales last year. They tried to say i was $10 short of their $190 for a half O. Counted a 20 as a 10. This was the only option for recreational weed on day 2. The current "10 company system with self-admitted HIV medicine pricing" has got to go and make room for real MMJ and Rec. (Currently MMJ has been sabotaged by corporations in NY). Esp a city that is trying to make reparations for lots of wrongful arrests. But it shouldnt just be black communities. I lived in a neighborhood where all the teens spent some nights in jail, and all kinds of community service and fines, most were white or hispanic. You got caught smoking a blunt and in for the night you go with the misdeamenor of burning in public. Even though it had been decrimed since 1977)
-------------------- Dreaming of That face again.
It's bright and blue and shimmering.
And comforting me with it's three warm and wild eyes.