Manhattan's First Legal Recreational Weed Dispensary Is Officially Open

The non-profit Housing Works first opened its doors on December 29.

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No more asking friends of friends if they know someone who has some weed. NYC's first legal recreational weed dispensary has officially arrived.

On December 29, Housing Works opened near St. Mark's Place in the East Village, Gov. Kathy Hochul first announced. Located on East Eighth Street and Broadway, the store is the first legal recreational cannabis store in NYC, and it opened its doors with about 100 products for sale featuring different brands and various price points, Gothamist reports.

Customers have the chance to purchase anything from pre-rolled joints to edibles, and they are able to do so safely and legally. As the first legal recreational dispensary, Housing Works only sells regulated, pre-tested products and the proceeds will be used to help in the fight against unjust, drug-related incarcerations that affect specific communities, including people of color.

The dispensary also accepts online pre-orders, and reminds customers that state regulations limit individual purchases to three ounces of cannabis flower and 24 grams of THC concentrate per person. Housing Works was the first dispensary to open among 36 total licenses New York state has issued, and Hochul is committed to supporting the cannabis industry's growth.

"The industry will continue to grow from here, creating inclusive opportunity in every corner of New York state with revenues directed to our schools and revitalizing communities," Hochul said in a public statement.

If you live far away from Housing Works and are itching for some legal recreational weed, New York might have your back anyway. Recently, in addition to announcing the 36 new licenses, the State Office of Cannabis management revealed that couriered weed delivery is also on the agenda, and it could be made legal sooner than you think.

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Serena Tara is a Staff Writer on the News team at Thrillist. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.