NEW YORK (PIX11) — With reportedly hundreds of illegal marijuana shops popping up in New York City, it may be difficult to know if the weed you’re buying has been tested and is safe to consume.
Here are the places you can legally buy recreational marijuana in New York City.
Good Grades is a women-owned, family-operated business run by Extasy James and her cousin. The dispensary is Queens’ first cannabis shop, operated by someone with a past marijuana conviction. What started in Queens, James and her cousins opened a second location in Brooklyn.
Where: 162-03 Jamaica Avenue, Queens | 1056 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn
Hours: Open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week
Gotham is unlike any other dispensary. Not only will you be able to legally purchase marijuana, but you will also be able to find items like pillows, books, pottery, candles and even clothing. The arts are going to be a big part of the experience. Gotham will showcase art, music and performance on a rotating basis.
Where: 3 E 3rd St, New York, Queens, N.Y.
Hours: Open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week
Delivery: Not listed
Housing Works Cannabis has the distinction of being the first-ever legal recreational dispensary in New York City. All the proceeds from this store go to Housing Works’ efforts to help people with a history of substance abuse or those who have been homeless or arrested for weed possession.
Where: 750 Broadway, Manhattan
Hours: Open seven days a week, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Smacked LLC, is owned and operated by Roland Conner and is New York City’s first cannabis shop run by someone with a past marijuana conviction. The dispensary received money from the New York Social Equity Cannabis Investment Fund, which is designed “to support equity entrepreneurs at the forefront of the adult-use cannabis market.”
Where: 144 Bleecker St., Manhattan
Hours: Smacked is open Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Statis Cannabis Company is owned by a former special education teacher, and her business partner has experience selling marijuana before it was legal. Statis Cannabis Company is the first woman-owned, minority-owned dispensary opening in the Bronx.
Where: 817 E Tremont Ave., The Bronx
Hours: Statis Cannabis Company hours are not currently listed.
Delivery: Statis Cannabis Company said they plan to offer delivery in the future.
Union Square Travel Agency is run by a subsidiary of the nonprofit The Doe Fund, which works to help people struggling with poverty, homelessness, and incarceration. Union Square Travel Agency also partnered up with a delivery service called Doobie to deliver.
Where: 62 East 13th St., Manhattan
Hours: Sunday-Thursday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Delivery: Delivery via Doobie. Check here for availability.
Twenty-eight marijuana dispensary licenses were granted to business owners, with a preference given to people who had previously been incarcerated for marijuana-related offenses. The other eight went to nonprofits like Housing Works. You can view the full list here.
Jonathan Rizk is a digital journalist who has covered local news in the New York City and Washington D.C. areas. He has been with PIX11 since August 2022. See more of his work here and follow him on Twitter.