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Trio of childhood friends aim to open Peekskill’s 1st legal cannabis dispensary

Daniel Berte, Stephen Bond and Shane Jackson, who met in elementary and middle school, say they have a deep understanding of the community they grew up in.

Nadia Galindo

Sep 1, 2023, 10:06 PM

Updated 295 days ago

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A trio of childhood friends are aiming to become the first to open a legal cannabis store in Peekskill.
Daniel Berte, Stephen Bond and Shane Jackson, who met in elementary and middle school, say they have a deep understanding of the community they grew up in.
"We know the demographic and we think it would be such a good fit. There is such a vibrant artistic community," said Bond.
Unfortunately, they've run into a few roadblocks. Their business, Valley Greens, was licensed by the state in June, but a temporary injunction has halted the business and hundreds of others from opening.
The delay coupled with some community backlash led the landlord of a potential business location to explore other tenants for the vacant building located at 638 Central Ave.
"They found themselves in a situation where they were losing money essentially, so they had to explore their routes of having a different tenant in there," said Jackson.
Since then, the trio had other landlords come forward offering potential locations for the business.


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