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New York Recreational Marijuana Laws & Information

Your Guide to Shopping for Recreational Marijuana in New York

The road to marijuana legalization in New York has been a bit complicated, but recreational cannabis became officially legal in the Empire State in March 2021 through the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act. The Office of Cannabis Management has outlined the rules and regulations around adult-use cannabis in New York City and State, as well as the state’s ongoing medical cannabis program.

If you are interested in learning more about recreational cannabis in New York, we have outlined the rules and regulations here.

Understanding New York Recreational Cannabis Laws

Before visiting a recreational dispensary in New York, make sure you meet the following requirements:

  • You must be 21 years old.
  • You must have a valid, government-issued photo ID.

If you meet these requirements, you are welcome to shop in a recreational dispensary in New York.

Marijuana Purchase & Possession Limits in New York

Both residents and out-of-state visitors are allowed to purchase and possess cannabis products from state-licensed dispensaries in New York. However, there are limits that recreational shoppers must abide by.

New York Cannabis Purchase Limits

According to state laws, recreational cannabis consumers can purchase:

  • Up to 3 ounces of cannabis flower OR
  • Up to 24 grams of concentrated cannabis products, including cannabis vapes, edibles, topicals, concentrates, etc.

New York Cannabis Possession Limits

Possession limits in New York vary slightly from purchase limits. Cannabis consumers can legally possess:

  • Up to 3 ounces of cannabis flower OR
  • Up to 24 grams of concentrated cannabis products, including cannabis vapes, edibles, topicals, concentrates, etc. OR
  • Up to 5 pounds of cannabis at home

Sales Tax For Recreational Cannabis in New York

While medical cannabis patients in New York pay a 7% excise tax on cannabis products, recreational cannabis shoppers can expect to pay a 13% sales tax.

Where Can I Use Recreational Cannabis in New York?

Smoking or vaping cannabis in New York falls under the smoke-free air laws, which means it’s allowed anywhere tobacco smoke is permitted. However, there are a few caveats for cannabis use. Marijuana consumption is not permitted in the following scenarios: 

  • Federal land or property
  • Any motor vehicle
  • Around a minor
  • Traveling across state lines

Businesses, landlords, and certain municipalities may have additional rules regarding possession of recreational cannabis. You should always check the rules for your location before consuming marijuana. 

Enjoy Recreational Marijuana in New York

Whether you’re new to the industry or a cannabis connoisseur, our budtenders can help you choose the products that are right for you. Once you know the laws in your state, you can safely purchase and enjoy anything from premium flower to cannabis concentrates.

FAQs About Recreational Cannabis in New York

We’ve compiled a list of our most frequently asked questions to ensure you have the information you need before visiting a New York dispensary.

Is marijuana legal in New York?

Yes! Both recreational and medical marijuana are legal in New York.

Is marijuana legal in New York City?

Yes, recreational marijuana is legal in New York City, as well as the rest of the state.

How old do you have to be to buy marijuana in New York?

Recreational cannabis shoppers must be at least 21 years old to purchase products from a dispensary.

What are acceptable forms of ID for dispensaries in New York?

All customers will need a valid, government-issued photo ID like a driver’s license or a state ID.

Who can sell marijuana legally in New York?

New York limits the sale of marijuana to state-licensed dispensaries.

Can I go to a dispensary without a medical card in New York?

Customers over the age of 21 can visit a state-licensed, recreational dispensary without a medical cannabis card. Make sure to check which dispensaries in your area serve adult-use shoppers, though, as many dispensaries in New York are still medical only.

Can New York visitors purchase recreational marijuana?

Yes, non-residents can purchase recreational marijuana in New York. However, it is and will remain illegal to transport marijuana across state lines. You must consume the marijuana in the state and dispose of any remaining cannabis before leaving the state.

How much does marijuana cost in New York?

While dispensaries decide how much to charge for its products, the state does levy a 13% sales tax on recreational marijuana purchases.