Cannabis was legalized in New York State in March 2021. Just days before jumping into 2023, the state finally opened its first legal recreational dispensary on Dec. 29 at 4:20 p.m. Here’s what you need know how to buy cannabis legally in New York.
What is allowed?
Now, all adults aged 21 and over can possess up to 3 ounces of cannabis (84 grams of cannabis) or 0.85 ounces of concentrates (24 grams) at any time.
In their homes, New Yorkers are allowed to own up to 2.5 kilos of cannabis and grow up to 12 plants.
Also note that all cannabis-related criminal records in New York State have been officially expunged.
How do you know if a cannabis store is legal?
As of now, there is only one legal store in the state. Housing Works Cannabis Co. is the first legal recreational cannabis dispensary and is located at 750 Broadway in New York’s East Village. The business should have a QR code affixed to the property for all to see, to allow customers to verify whether a cannabis store is, indeed, legal or not.
When will other dispensaries open?
Currently, New York State has issued 36 retail licenses, located in various boroughs, which are expected to open in the coming weeks. The official dates have not yet been communicated. The Office of Cannabis Management in New York regularly communicates the progress of the legal cannabis program.
Does a person need ID?
Yes. To buy cannabis in legal dispensaries, an identity document must be presented and checked. Tourists are welcome at New York dispensaries.
What are the products and prices?
Dispensaries offer a wide range of products, including cannabis flower, vape pensof the edibles, pre-rolled joints, and even CBD treats for pets. In terms of price, the website of Housing Works indicates that an eighth of an ounce of cannabis (3.5 grams) is between $40 and $60.
Where to legally smoke cannabis in New York?
Consumers can smoke or vape cannabis anywhere tobacco smoking is permitted by law. Workplaces and public spaces are therefore off limits, as are restaurants and bars.
Unlike smoking, cannabis use is not permitted inside motor vehicles (even parked) or in outdoor dining areas of restaurants.
Cities and municipalities can also set up outdoor consumption areas where people can consume cannabis.
What is the difference between legal and illegal cannabis stores?
Following the legalization of cannabis, an impressive number of cannabis stores, trucks and pop-ups appeared in the state.
Although many of these illegal stores may sell high-quality cannabis, the difference between these stores and the licensed ones is that the latter sell products that are regulated and tested by the state. These products are probably safer, of higher quality and produced under regulated conditions.