Your Guide to Every Weed Dispensary in NYC
Check out our city’s crew of hyper-aesthetic cannabis dispensaries.
In case you somehow missed it, we have life-changing news for you: New Yorkers can now light up legally. Needless to say, the city has since become home to a handful of hyper-aesthetic spots to pick up any and all cannabis products. In addition to answering the where, when, and how of cannabis use across the boroughs, we’re also dropping our guide to the nine legal dispensaries in New York City.
Is weed legal in New York City?
It sure is! Recreational cannabis is legal across New York State for adults 21 and older.
When did NYC legalize weed?
In March 2021, New York State became the 15th state to legalize the use of recreational cannabis. With the passing of this legislation, also came an impassioned and hard-fought program to reinvest millions of dollars from cannabis tax revenues back into the local communities that have been systemically and unjustly devastated by the war on drugs.
Can you buy weed in NYC without a medical card?
You do not need a medical card to buy weed at recreational dispensaries in New York City.
Can jobs test for weed in NYC?
No, the days of surprise cannabis drug tests are in the past. With a few exceptions, New York State has prohibited employers from testing current and potential employees for cannabis use, plus any discriminatory action against workers who use cannabis outside of the workplace and work hours.
Are there recreational dispensaries in New York?
Yes! All of the individuals or organizations who operate city dispensaries were selected specifically for their charitable missions and/or to promote entrepreneurship opportunities to those who have been unjustly affected by cannabis-related arrests or imprisonment. Read on for a rundown of NYC’s recently opened legal dispensaries that are serving the flower, chocolate, gummies and so much more.
Dispensaries in Manhattan
Lower East Side
Inspired by a shared dream to normalize cannabis use and destigmatize formerly incarcerated communities in NYC, the knowledgeable budtenders at CONBUD are all individuals who have been affected by previously unjust cannabis laws. At the Black- and Latino-owned storefront on the Lower East Side, there’s a wide selection of cannabis goods for sale, approachable for all levels of cannabis users.
First started in Massachusetts, Dazed has brought its hot pink walls and disco ball-dotted ceiling to NYC. Founders Keshawn Warner, Rich Rainone, and Chris Vianello envision their business as a bridge between cannabis culture and local communities. In addition to cannabis goods, keep an eye out for in-store events like meet-and-greets with celebrities.
Founded by entrepreneur Joanne Wilson, who’s behind companies like Food52 and Parachute, Gotham’s mission is to provide a bespoke experience for shoppers on the hunt for luxury cannabis products. At its stunning flagship store, Gotham teams up with STRIVE, a non-profit that provides career resources and guidance for those impacted by the justice system. As a beneficiary to the STRIVE organization, proceeds from the store will help to create economic opportunities and empowerment to our local community.
Housing Works Cannabis Co.
Run by the Housing Works non-profit, which has supported unhoused and AIDS-affected communities since 1990, the Housing Works Cannabis Co. was the first legal recreational weed store in New York City. At the East Village shop, visitors can peruse a selection of flower, prerolls, vapes, tinctures, edibles, and more from LGBTQIA+-, BIPOC-, and women-led brands. Delivery is now available for a few neighborhoods around the Greenwich Village area.
As New York State’s first Black-owned recreational weed store, Smacked Village is just the beginning of the many cannabis stores that are slated to open as a way to work towards creating social equity in this emerging market. Owner and CEO Roland Connor, who has a previous conviction for a cannabis-related offense, operates the popular store alongside his wife and son. Shoppers can either browse products from women- and BIPOC-run brands in-store or place orders online for pickup.
Union Square Travel Agency
A futuristic airport aesthetic beckons customers in off the busy neighborhood streets at Union Square Travel Agency. Here, more than half of all profits go directly to funding the Doe Fund, a non-profit whose mission is to break cycles of homelessness and poverty through job training, housing, and paid employment. In addition to the products available in store and online, customers can sign up for The Travel Club for exclusive access to merch drops, member-only events, and limited-edition bundle offers.
Dispensaries in Queens
After a short stint as a pop up in Brooklyn earlier this year, Good Grades has returned to its original brick-and-mortar location in Queens. The first woman-owned recreational dispensary in New York State, Good Grades is helmed by cousins Extasy and Michael James. The shop’s mission, aside from selling high-quality products, is to provide an inclusive atmosphere, spread positive cannabis education, and inspire their community.
NYC–born-and-raised entrepreneurs, Alessandro Cottone and Jeremy Rivera, are the brains behind the newest dispensary in Queens, Terp Bros. Armed with a mission to end the stigma surrounding cannabis and create an inclusive community within the store, the Astoria spot offers guidance for users looking for recreational fun, as well as therapeutic use.
Dispensaries in The Bronx
The ethos behind Statis Cannabis is driven by a desire to bring the highest quality and most luxurious cannabis goods to the people of the Bronx. The minority- and woman-owned business offers a selection of flower, edibles, concentrates, and more. Additionally, delivery is available from 58th Street and above in Manhattan, as well as throughout the Bronx.