It’s safe to say that 2023 has been the year of cannabis here in NYC. Since the opening of NYC’s first dispensary back before last New Year’s, the growing phenomenon has taken over the city in new ways, like a Cannabis Museum and of course local shops selling products.
For now, these 7 dispensaries are legally approved to sell cannabis, with the number of approved businesses increasing as time goes on! With approval from the state of NY, these stores have brought a cool vibe to the city, selling all kinds of recreational cannabis, lifestyle goods, merch and more! Check out these dispensaries in NYC today and let us know what you think!
1. Gotham, Bowery
This artfully curated cannabis concept store located in Bowery is a two-floor home to all sorts of cannabis products! You’ll be able to find flowers, edibles, vaporizers, pre-rolls, and tinctures in their backroom (with assistance from budtenders of course), as well as awesome lifestyle goods like candles, clothes, and more in the front!
You can try out their in-house branded CBD products and accessories, or you can opt for other NYC-based cannabis brands like Edie Parker, Flowerhouse, House of Puff, and Rose New York X David Zilber of Noma. Learn more about Gotham here!
Where: 3 E 3rd St
2. Union Square Travel Agency, Union Square
This BIPOC founded dispensary in Union Square is a purpose-driven business, redirecting over half of their profits to programs that provide transitional and permanent housing, employment and support services to people who have experienced homelessness and incarceration.
Their futuristic and stunning interior is home to all sorts of inventory, ranging from flower and pre-rolls to vaporizers and concentrates. Stop in and speak with one of their budtenders, who spend over 40+ hours in training to help customers figure out what to pick out. It’s truly a great shop. Learn more about them here!
Where: 835 Broadway
3. Housing Works Cannabis Co, NoHo
Housing Works Cannabis Co was the very first legalized cannabis shop in NYC, that opened up back in late December 2022. Their mission is lovely, with all proceeds going towards Housing Works, a NYC nonprofit dedicated to relentless advocacy, lifesaving services, and justice for all.
Their featured products (ranging from edibles to infused drinks) are from LGBTQ+, BIPOC, and women-led brands, as these communities have been disproportionately affected by drug criminalization. Learn more about them here.
Where: 750 Broadway
4. Smacked Village, Greenwich Village
The first black-owned, licensed cannabis shop in New York City can be found right here on Bleecker Street, offering a wide range of top-tier cannabis products. They range from flower to concentrates to tinctures, and there’s something for everyone. Learn more about Smacked Village and their products here.
Where: 144 Bleecker St
5. Conbud, Lower East Side
Born by owner Coss Marte and a few others just blocks away from where he was arrested for marijuana at age 13 now lies his bustling licensed dispensary selling premium products! You can find tons of local women-, BIPOC-, and LGBTQIA-owned brands on its shelves, like NY-based Hudson Cannabis and many more!
They proudly hire formerly incarcerated individuals with a deep understanding of cannabis products as budtenders in order to ensure the best experience possible! Learn more about ConBud and their products here.
Where: 85 Delancey St
6. Terp Bros Cannabis Dispensary, Astoria
With a true vested interest in creating a “cannabis community” in Queens, owners Alessandro Cottone and Jeremy Rivera are doing just that! Although they just opened in October, they have loads of premium products for everyone’s cannabis journey (from recreational enjoyment to therapeutic relief!). This neighborhood-y place is the kind of spot they’ll learn your name, and help educate you as much as you wish! It’s rooted in the culture, city, and greater good. Learn more about Terp Bros and their products here.
Where: 36-10 Ditmars Blvd, Queens
7. Statis Cannabis Co., The Bronx
Statis Cannabis Co. is a minority- and woman-owned cannabis business that places emphasis on celebrating cannabis culture and community. With their high-end cannabis products, sophisticated branding, and exclusive experiences, they offer your best option in The Bronx and Upper Manhattan. They have all options you can imagine, and you can even get them delivered in the borough and above 58th Street if you’re in Manhattan. Learn more about them here.
Where: 817 E Tremont Ave, The Bronx