War on drugs locked him up; now he’s a cannabis entrepreneur


              Cannabis edibles are sold in the "pop up" location of Smacked, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023, in New York. The store launch on Tuesday is New York's first legal cannabis dispensary run by someone previously criminalized by the state’s prohibitionist cannabis laws. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
            
              Pre-rolled cannabis cigarettes are sold in the "pop up" location of Smacked, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023, in New York. The store launch on Tuesday is New York's first legal cannabis dispensary run by someone previously criminalized by the state’s prohibitionist cannabis laws. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
            
              Darius Conner, son of business owner Roland, speaks to waiting customers and media members outside the Smacked "pop up" cannabis dispensary location they operate, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023, in New York. The store is the first Conditional Adult-Use Retail Dispensary (CAURD) opening since the legalization of cannabis that is run by businesspeople who had been criminalized by cannabis prohibition. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
            
              Roland Conner, left, holds the first legal purchase of cannabis, bought from his son Darius, right, from their "pop up" dispensary location of their business Smacked , Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023, in New York. The store is the first Conditional Adult-Use Retail Dispensary (CAURD) opening since the legalization of cannabis that is run by businesspeople who had been criminalized by cannabis prohibition. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
            
              Darius Conner, son of business owner Roland, speaks to waiting customers and media members outside the Smacked  "pop up" cannabis dispensary location they operate, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023, in New York. The store is the first Conditional Adult-Use Retail Dispensary (CAURD) opening since the legalization of cannabis that is run by businesspeople who had been criminalized by cannabis prohibition. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
            
              Roland Conner, son Darius, and wife Patricia are photographed at the "pop up" cannabis dispensary location of their business Smacked, Monday, Jan. 23, 2023, in New York. The store launch on Tuesday is New York's first legal cannabis dispensary run by someone previously criminalized by the state’s prohibitionist cannabis laws. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
            
              Roland Conner holds the first legal purchase of cannabis, bought from his son Darius, far right, in the "pop up" dispensary location of their business Smacked Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023, in New York. The store is the first Conditional Adult-Use Retail Dispensary (CAURD) opening since the legalization of cannabis that is run by businesspeople who had been criminalized by cannabis prohibition. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
War on drugs locked him up; now he’s a cannabis entrepreneur