COLONIE — At the grand opening of the Legacy Dispensary in Colonie last Friday, company founder & CEO Matthew Robinson said the process of launching his business had been a long and difficult road. “Been through a lot,” Robinson said. “Now, we’re past it. We’re in a new stage.”
Robinson tried to hold back tears as he thanked his family for their support. “My family is there for everything,” he said. “I could call anybody, any time of night and they’re going to come. I thank them for that.”
Legacy is the latest in a series of cannabis dispensaries opening up across the Capital Region. Among the organizations represented at the dispensary’s ribbon-cutting ceremony was the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce.
“Matt, hearing your story, it’s so inspirational of what you did to get here today,” said Andrea Cole, the chamber’s Vice President of Events & Marketing. “I definitely think your tribulations that you’ve gone through, the hardship that you’ve gone through, really have paid off for you to open up this amazing space.”
Robinson is a member of the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce. “We’re visible and vocal for our members,” Cole said. “So if it’s down here in Albany County, or Schenectady County, or Saratoga County, we’re always going to be there for support.”
Saratoga Springs itself is poised to open three cannabis dispensaries, a fact highlighted by Mayor John Safford in his 2024 State of the City Address last week. The budding businesses are expected to open shop at 75 Weibel Ave, 95 West Ave, and 1 Kaydeross Avenue West.