ITHACA, N.Y. (WENY) - The opening of the first adult use cannabis dispensary in central New York will take place Thursday afternoon.

The dispensary called "William Jane" will open to the public on East State Street in Ithaca at 4:20 P.M. on Thursday.

"With the opening of William Jane in Ithaca, we're continuing to build an adult-use cannabis industry in our state that works to offset the harms caused by disproportionate arrests made during cannabis prohibition," Governor Kathy Hochul said. "As more dispensaries like this open across New York State, consumers now have the option to buy legal, safer products while also reinvesting in their communities."

The store will be owned by William Durham, a Brooklyn native who has spent most of his life in Binghamton. The location is supported by the New York State Social Equity Cannabis Investment Fund and will open as "pop-up."

According to New York State, the pop-up program is designed to give operators initial training opportunities before opening full-time.