New York City Grass Visitor Guide 2023 and 2024
New York's two-and-a-half-year-old legal cannabis program is like a fueled rocket, just steaming on the launch pad, waiting to ignite.
The state's regulators have almost no ability to tamper with the ball, and stores are finally opening almost daily. There are about 2 million weed smokers in the New York City metropolitan area, but until now there were only a handful of retail stores. That's changing, which is why we started this post on the NYC Weed Visitor's Guide to give you guidance, connection and fun in the big city. Let's fucking go.
What are the weed rules in New York?
Weed is now legal for adults 21 and over. Police have stopped making arrests for possession. Smoking is not permitted in the parks, but current regulations state that smoking is permitted on the sidewalk.
You can have up to 3 ounces, 24 grams of hash and grow 6 plants.
“New York is now the best city to smoke weed,” said lounge owner Ben at the Astor Club.
Read the details of the law on our Leafly Learn New York legalization page.
Where are the legal marijuana stores in New York?
The number of licensed, operating cannabis stores in NYC is changing daily as the program finally gets underway. Use Leafly Finder to view a map of licensed cannabis stores in Manhattan.
For stores that have not advertised with Leafly, New York State maintains a list of licensed retailers. Here is the status as of December 20th.
We launched a Google MyMap to track all licensed and operating dispensaries in the New York City metropolitan area and attractions.
What good weed can you buy in New York?
Good question. Leafly has started professional cannabis evaluations in New York and here's what we've received so far.
Budtenders in New York recommend: Super Runtz, Sour Diesel and Blueberry Muffin.
When it comes to brands, budtenders most often chose Matter and Curaleaf. We also like Ithaca Organics and Electraleaf.
New York's top 10 flavors in 2023 are: Lemon Cherry Gelato, Original Glue, Blue Dream, Runtz, Gary Payton, Sour Diesel, Wedding Cake, Gelato, Permanent Marker and Oreoz.
Beyond flower, we like Kiva Camino gummies and Cookies vapes.
Remember, you can now order weed for delivery and pickup. Here's how:
New Yorker! Now you can order your legal weed for pickup as if it were Chinese takeout
What is a New York cannabis grower's showcase?
They're like farmers markets for New York producers, popping up across the state this winter to help sell the 2023 crop. This is where the state maintains its list of showcases. Visit them to browse and purchase buds from New York's outdoor and greenhouse growers.
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I'm high, what am I doing in NYC now?
Everything your heart dreams of.
For the best cannabis attractions in NYC, check out:
- The THC Museum
- The Highline Park
- Washington Square Park
- Times Square
- the cookies store
- The Beach Bookstore
Check out NYC's daily events calendar (Time Out) and get started. It's the 50th anniversary of hip-hop.
For NYC's Best Stoner Munchie Food, Get:
- Joe's Pizza
- The Donut Pub
- Dim Sum Palace
- Madison Square Park Shake Shack
- Beer culture
- Joe's Shanghai
- Ice cream factory in Chinatown
What's new about legal weed in New York?
Update December 20: New York state regulators continue to issue licenses that promise to increase the number of retail stores in New York City in the coming year. More than 7,000 have applied recently.
AJ's Sour Diesel will be available in select stores throughout the winter as part of a deal with Flowerhouse. Follow Flowerhouse and Get Sour for the next drop.
Fresh indoor cannabis also comes to adult dispensaries. The state's existing indoor medical cannabis operators have just received permission to sell in stores. Look for new reviews of New York's first legal indoor weed in the coming weeks.
The THC Museum is open and open to visitors.
New York pot-goers frequently asked questions
What does CAURD mean?
New York loves acronyms and CAURD is the jargon for a legal weed shop. It stands for adult-use cannabis retail dispensary. Very official.
What's wrong with the bodegas that sell weed?
New York police and regulators are taking tough action against those who violate remaining criminal and civil laws against the unlicensed sale and distribution of cannabis. As a result, more than 1,000 outlets claim to sell THC, CBD and other cannabinoids. These products are not tested by New York State for purity or potency. Previous untested cannabis products in New York contained toxic vaping chemicals and other contaminants.
New York authorities are focused on threatening landlords who rent stores to unlicensed businesses.
How to spot a fake vape cartridge
What's wrong with the grass lounges?
You are cool. The quality varies from shabby to chic. They don't have a license per se, but they present themselves as private, members-only spaces where people consume cannabis. Ask about local offerings like The Astor Club or Work N Roll.
Looking beyond New York? Here is Leafly's list of the best pharmacies in New York State 2023
Do you have any further questions? What else would you like to see in a visitor guide? Write us a comment and we will take care of it. Good luck and have fun!