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First licensed cannabis dispensary in Ontario County opens

GENEVA, N.Y. — After months of preparation, High Points Dispensary held its grand-opening event in Geneva on Saturday — making it the first recreational cannabis dispensary in Ontario County.

It’s been a long time coming. After waiting months for clearance from the state to open his store, owner and CEO Daryl Hilkert says it’s about time.

When Hilkert received his license to sell cannabis last June, he never expected it would take nine months to open his store.

“The first lawsuit that came out in August – we really didn’t take that too serious. We knew it would shut it down for a while but didn’t think it would last forever,” Hilbert said.

A lawsuit that led to a state injunction blocking legal cannabis was just the beginning. With his license on hold, Hilkert was able to open temporarily through the Cannabis Grower Showcase Permit in November.

“We were able to team up with another fully licensed card, so we did that for a couple of months until the end of December, when they expired,” he said.

Since then, Hilkert has been building up his store, a former bank complete with a drive-through. And after months of cutting

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