The green tide is rising. Mayor Bill de Blasio’s directive to limit arrests for public marijuana consumption takes effect September 1st, the NY State Democratic Party has adopted a legalization platform heading into the 2020 elections; and a study last year found that, by weight, New York consumes more marijuana than any other city in the world. In case you hadn’t detected the herbaceous winds of change or decoded the smoke-signals, let’s make it clear: marijuana is mainstream.
We’re still far afield from one-stop shopping for both equipment and product, but NYC has an abundance of brick-and-mortar smoke, vape, and head shops. The legally indemnifying (if ironic) sign in every store may read, for tobacco use only, and the salespeople may still torture synonyms (flowers, plants, aromatics, etc.), but at the end of the day, this diverse array of businesses supply vapes, bongs, pipes, nails, bats, grinders, hookahs, bubblers, and papers, for you to use however you choose. Here are New York City’s best smoke and head shops.