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Are you planning to explore the New York cannabis scene as a visitor? Navigating the landscape requires a bit of know-how to ensure a legal and enjoyable experience. In this concise guide, we’ll cover everything you need to know as a visiting canna-tourist in the Big Apple. We’ll help you find your way — and help you get lost.

 

 

What you need to know about NYC cannabis as a visitor

There are a few essential things you need to know before your visit:

Who can buy cannabis: Anyone aged 21 and older is allowed to purchase cannabis products in New York. Both residents and non-residents of New York can buy cannabis, provided they meet the legal age requirements.

What payments are accepted: Cash, debit cards, Visa, and Mastercard are all accepted at The Travel Agency, whether ordering in person or picking up your order. Delivery orders only accept debit and credit cards; you cannot give your delivery driver cash for your order. Check out the requirements for receiving cannabis deliveries in New York City.

What ID is required: A valid government-issued photo ID is required to purchase cannabis products in New York. This can include a driver’s license, passport, or state ID card. It does not need to be issued by the state of New York. Ensure your ID is not expired and matches the information you provide at the dispensary.

Limits on purchasing: Adults aged 21 and older are permitted to purchase up to three ounces of cannabis and up to 24 grams of concentrate, such as oil or vapes, per day.

Consumption guidelines: In New York, adults are permitted to smoke or vape cannabis flower wherever smoking tobacco is allowed, as long as it is within the legal boundaries set by local regulations. You cannot consume cannabis in any kind of vehicle, even if it’s parked. Learn the rules of public consumption in New York City.

 

How to find a dispensary in New York

Finding a dispensary in New York is easy with the help of the NYC Office of Cannabis Management (OCM). OCMs database keeps track of all legally operating dispensaries in the state, including all The Travel Agency locations, so that you can locate them throughout the city and beyond. If a dispensary is not listed on the OCM database, it’s not licensed to operate in New York.

 

What to expect at a New York dispensary

Here’s a glimpse of what to expect when you visit a New York dispensary like The Travel Agency:

Welcoming atmosphere: As you enter the dispensary, you’ll notice our inviting, fun, and creative space. A security guard will greet you at the entrance to check your ID and ensure all visitors are of legal age. Then, you’ll be allowed into the dispensary.

Tested and authenticated products: You’ll see products on display throughout the dispensary. Products like edibles are shown out of packaging, so you’ll know what they look like before you buy them. Licensed dispensaries in New York ensure that all their products undergo rigorous testing to meet quality and safety standards. You can expect to find a wide range of authentic cannabis products that have been carefully curated for your selection.

Safe environment: Licensed dispensaries in New York prioritize the well-being of their customers. They adhere to strict regulations regarding cleanliness, security, and hygiene, providing a more comfortable and secure environment for shopping.

Knowledgeable staff: The staff at dispensaries like The Travel Agency are highly trained and knowledgeable about their products. Whether you’re a seasoned cannabis enthusiast or a first-time shopper, you can expect friendly and professional assistance.

Community support: Shopping from a licensed dispensary in New York means contributing to the local community. Many shops actively support local initiatives, charities, and social causes, helping to foster positive change in the neighborhoods they serve.

 

18 New York-based brands to try while you’re in town

Embarking on your cannabis journey in New York means encountering a vibrant array of Empire State-grown brands you can’t try anywhere else. From renowned flower cultivators to innovators in the world of edibles and concentrates, these are some of the brands you can expect to find when shopping in the Big Apple:

Ayrloom

Chef for Higher

Chime & Chill

dank. by definition

Flamer

Florist Farms

Harney Brothers Cannabis

Hepworth

Hudson Cannabis

Jaunty

Love O’uid

MFNY

Nanticoke

Ruby

Senior Moments

Soft Power Sweets

TribeTokes

Tune

 

Our tips for travelers

Here are some essential tips to help you make the most out of your experience while staying safe and compliant with local laws:

Purchase smaller servings: When traveling, opt for single pre-rolls or small packs of edibles, such as Hepworth’s Bubblegum Sherbert pre-roll two pack and two-pill packs from 1906. This allows you to control your consumption more effectively and ensures you won’t have to worry about leftovers if you’re hopping on a flight home.

Prioritize portable options: Choose portable products such as edibles or disposable vapes. These are convenient for travelers as they are discreet and easy to transport. Plus, they eliminate the need for additional accessories like rolling papers or lighters.

Research local laws: Familiarize yourself with local cannabis laws before traveling to New York. In addition to this guide, you can check out ny.gov for more details.

Consume responsibly: Always consume cannabis responsibly, especially when traveling to a new destination. Pace yourself and be mindful of your surroundings to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

 

What to do while you’re in New York City

Got some downtime, or want to try some new food? We have some suggestions for you.

 

Spend a relaxing day with our guide for relaxing things to do in New York City.

 

Spend a perfect day in downtown Brooklyn with our guide to shopping, eating, and exploring.

 

Explore the beauty of Grand Central Terminal, one of the most iconic buildings in Manhattan.

 

Explore THCNYC, the first cannabis museum in New York.

 

Try a cup of coffee and a pastry from one of Union Square’s many cafes.

 

Check out a comedy show after you light up.

 

And if you want to see more of the sights while on the lifted side of things, visit our guide for things to do while high in New York City.

 

 

FAQs for weed tourists in New York

 

Where can I consume cannabis in New York?

According to New York’s Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act, it is legal to smoke or vape cannabis in most places where you can consume tobacco, such as a private home or backyard. There are, however, a few exceptions. Consumption is prohibited in motor vehicles, hookah or cigar bars, businesses, restaurants (including patios), federal property (including public housing), most public and state parks, and beaches.

Can I bring weed on public transportation in NYC?

Yes, individuals aged 21 and older in New York can possess, obtain, and transport up to three ounces of cannabis at a time. Just don’t light up on the train or on the bus.

What is the legal age for purchasing cannabis in New York?

The legal age for purchasing cannabis in New York is 21 years old. Remember, you will always need to present a valid, government-issued photo ID when making a cannabis purchase.

Explore NY’s premier cannabis destination

The first stop of your New York City journey is The Travel Agency. With locations in Downtown Brooklyn and Union Square, we’re easy to get to and close to many points of interest throughout the city. Plan your visit and discover why The Travel Agency is the go-to spot for locals and travelers in NYC.

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