As of March 2023, 9 recreational cannabis dispensaries have received licenses to operate in the state, but only 7 have commenced operations. Also, there are about 40 registered medical cannabis dispensing facilities in the city. However, in early April 2023, the state approved 99 provisional licenses for recreational cannabis dispensaries as cannabis regulators moved to speed up the rollout of the legal adult-use cannabis market in the state. The newly issued licenses increased the total provisional dispensary licenses for CUARD (Conditional Adult-use Retail Dispensaries) to 165.
New York dispensaries open at varying times as licensed retailers do not all commence daily operations at the same hour. Opening hours may also vary depending on the day of the week, as several dispensaries open later on weekends. Typically, New York dispensaries open for operations between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
New York cannabis dispensaries have varying closing hours. While medical cannabis dispensaries typically close around 7:00 p.m., adult-use retail stores are open as late as 10:00 p.m. or 11:00 p.m. To find the exact opening hours for New York cannabis dispensaries, visit the websites of the retail stores to see their listed operation hours. Alternatively, you may use the contact information provided on their websites to find specific closing hours.
Many dispensaries in New York offer cannabis delivery services for products purchased from their website. To verify if New York dispensaries near you provide delivery services, search online for the websites of nearby dispensaries using the keyword "New York dispensaries near me." Note that New York dispensaries charge additional fees for deliveries. Delivery fees may vary.
It is illegal to ship cannabis across state lines due to the federal classification of cannabis as a banned substance. Note that federal laws regulate interstate travel and shipment. Hence, there are no New York dispensaries shipping cannabis out of state.
Yes. The legalization of adult-use cannabis in the state in March 2021 via the New York Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA) opened the door for recreational sales. However, the first dispensary in the state made its first sale in December 2022. Since then, many more dispensaries have opened, and several others have been issued retail dispensary licenses to begin operations.
To purchase recreational cannabis from a New York recreational dispensary near you, you must bring the following to the facility: A government-issued ID showing you are aged 21 or older, such as:
If you intend to purchase medical cannabis from a New York medical dispensary near you, you must bring the following to the retail store:
You can visit a New York dispensary near you without a medical marijuana card if you plan to purchase recreational cannabis. However, the dispensary will require a government ID showing you are of legal age to use recreational cannabis.
Medical marijuana dispensaries in New York are open to state residents with no minimum age limit. However, patients under the age of 18 can only enter if accompanied by their adult caregivers. Note that the caregivers must be residents of New York State and be registered with the New York State Department of Health. You cannot enter a New York recreational dispensary at 18.
You may visit several New York dispensaries in one day. However, with cannabis sales tracked statewide, New York dispensaries will not allow you to buy more cannabis than is permitted under state law.
No. New York dispensaries will not accept credit cards. You are advised to visit the dispensaries with cash or a debit card.
No. Medical insurance plans do not cover cannabis purchases in New York. Hence, New York dispensaries do not accept medical insurance.
Yes. Per OCM (Office of Cannabis Management) rules, a New York-licensed cannabis retail dispensary must use an inventory management system that is able to compile the dispensary's cannabis product inventory and transaction data. The system must be compatible and able to report real-time data to the OCM. Hence, state dispensaries track how much weed you buy.