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Instead of creating a whole new system of specialized stores to distribute marijuana when it becomes legal, New York should just allow existing liquor and wine retail outlets to sell cannabis to adults. That’s the position of a new advocacy effort launched by owners of booze shops this month.

At the moment, no restaurants are legally allowed to sell cannabis or hemp infused food and beverages although things like hemp grain and oil, hemp protein baking flour are permitted ingredients in edible products.

As cannabis is being infused into mainstream beverages, beauty products, sunscreens, every kind of food imaginable and is now legal in Canada and the majority of the U.S., it seems consumers may have already normalized what was stigmatized not long ago.

For years, marijuana sellers focused on guys who like to get high. To attract women they are emphasizing wellness and low doses.

"A disproportionate number of minority communities are affected by misdemeanor marijuana offenses," said Tiki Barber, the ex-Giants running back turned sportscaster/entrepreneur who teamed up with Kevin Shin, a financial services veteran.

Marijuana sales in Colorado have exceeded $1 billion as of August of this year, with tax revenue from those sales coming in at $200 million, according to a report from the Colorado Department of Revenue and its Marijuana Enforcement Division.

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