Get yer ash out of N.Y., pot biz told

New York Daily News - - NEWS - BY CLAYTON GUSE AND DE­NIS SLAT­TERY

The com­pany be­hind New York’s “Ap­ple Store of weed” is get­ting shoved out of the state’s smok­ing cir­cle.

The New York Med­i­cal Cannabis In­dus­try As­so­ci­a­tion (NYMCIA) is cut­ting ties with MedMen amid ac­cu­sa­tions of racist and sex­ist re­marks and fi­nan­cial cor­rup­tion among its top ex­ec­u­tives.

MedMen, which opened a swanky new dis­pen­sary on Fifth Ave. last year and is plan­ning to open another lo­ca­tion in the Meat­pack­ing Dis­trict, holds one of 10 li­censes for op­er­at­ing med­i­cal cannabis dis­pen­saries in New York State.

A law­suit filed last month in Los An­ge­les Supreme Court by the com­pany’s for­mer chief fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer James Parker al­leges MedMen CEO Adam Bier­man re­ferred to an L.A. city coun­cil­man as a “mid­get Ne­gro” and used the com­pany as his per­sonal “piggy bank.”

Parker says Bier­man and other mem­bers of the Cal­i­for­nia-based com­pany’s top brass reg­u­larly used ho­mo­pho­bic and racial slurs, and ca­su­ally com­mit­ted bank and fi­nan­cial fraud while hav­ing a cav­a­lier at­ti­tude to­ward the com­pany’s share­hold­ers.

“The as­so­ci­a­tion has a zero-tol­er­ance dis­crim­i­na­tion pol­icy for any of our mem­bers who en­gage in this type of de­spi­ca­ble be­hav­ior,” NYMCIA rep­re­sen­ta­tives said in a let­ter Sun­day ad­dressed to Gov. Cuomo, state Sen­ate Ma­jor­ity Leader An­drea Ste­wart-Cousins and As­sem­bly Speaker Carl Heastie.

MedMen was asked to re­sign from the as­so­ci­a­tion, which is cur­rently ad­vo­cat­ing for the le­gal­iza­tion of adult-use cannabis in Al­bany. The group’s board chair­man and pres­i­dent both said MedMen would be ex­pelled if they re­fused to re­sign.

“We still sup­port the org (NYMCIA) and its cause,” said MedMen spokesman Daniel Yi. “We have al­ready ad­dressed these al­le­ga­tions pub­licly. They are patently false. They were made by a dis­grun­tled em­ployee and are un­true.”

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