The New York Compassionate Care Act enacted in July, 2014 by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo opened the doors for medical marijuana in the state of New York. New York City, comprised of five distinct boroughs, is the most populated city in the United States yet it has only five medical marijuana dispensaries. By comparison, there are over 200 in Seattle despite having roughly 1/12th of the population of the big apple.
Given the scarcity of medical marijuana dispensaries in New York City, it’s vital that patients know where they are. If you are not yet registered as a medical marijuana patient in New York, you’ll want to click here.
Out of the five boroughs, Manhattan, the Bronx, and Queens all have dispensaries open for business. Brooklyn will have to wait until Citiva Medical or Valley Agriceuticals open their highly anticipated locations, and Staten Island is also waiting for its first medical marijuana dispensary to open. Fortunately for those who live in Staten Island, the ferry to and from Manhattan is free, and only takes about 25 minutes. For those in Brooklyn - it looks like you’re going to have to hop on the L train.
Midtown Manhattan - Near Grand Central, Bryant Park, and Koreatown
For those near Grand Central Terminal, you’re going to want to stop by the recently opened MedMen at 433 Fifth Avenue. If you’ve ever walked into one of their Los Angeles, California locations - you’ll feel right at home. Alternatively, if you’ve ever been into an Apple store - you’ll certainly see the resemblance. MedMen has quickly become known for its ultra-high-grade medical marijuana, and for institutional expertise the company has brought in from around the world to service New York’s medical marijuana patient community.
The 5th avenue location is open from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM Monday through Sunday, so stop in whenever it is most convenient to you! If you’re looking to get there via Subway from Uptown or Downtown, take the 4, 5, or 6 train to Grand Central/42nd Street stop. Coming from anywhere else, you’ll want to find your way to either the 7 or S (Shuttle) train which both stop at the Grand Central/42nd Street stop. If you’re driving, the best option would be to garage your car as it can be nearly impossible to find street parking in Midtown.
Midtown Manhattan - Near Murray Hill, Kips Bay and NoMad
If you’re one of the roughly 70,000 that live in Murray Hill or the roughly 150,000 that work in Murray Hill, your local dispensary is going to be Etain at 142 E 39th Street. While it is New York’s only women-owned medical marijuana dispensary, Etain offers all New York medical marijuana patients clean, safe, and consistent medical marijuana products.
If you’re looking to get there via Subway from Uptown or Downtown, take either the 4, or 6 train to the 33rd Street stop. Alternatively, you can also take the D, F, M, N, Q, R, or W trains to the 34th Street/Herald Square stop. If you’re driving, the best option would be to garage your car as it can be nearly impossible to find street parking in Midtown.
Lower Manhattan - Near Union Square, Gramercy, Stuytown and the East Village
For those near the Union Square area, you’ll want to check out Columbia Care at 212 East 14th Street. One of three Columbia Care locations, this dispensaries features wide halls, cozy seating, beautiful plants and art, spacious restrooms, and wheelchair accessibility. In addition, Columbia Care is known for its friendly, attentive, and highly knowledgeable staff.
Before heading in, you should be sure to make an appointment whether you’re a new patient or a returning one. If that’s too complicated, just stop by on a Monday between 11 AM and 3 PM, or on a Thursday between 11 AM and 7 PM for walk-in hours.
If you’re looking to get there on the Subway from Brooklyn or the West side, take the L train to the 14th Street/3rd Avenue stop. Coming from anywhere else, you’ll want to take a 4, 5, 6, N, Q, R, or W train to the Union Square/14th Street stop. If you’re driving, metered parking is all along 14th Street. That being said, you should definitely read the signs once or twice to be sure you’re not parking in the bus-only lane.
The Bronx - Near Hunts Point, Foxhurst, Concourse Village, and Yankee Stadium
For those of you looking for a medical marijuana dispensary in the Bronx, head to PharmaCannis at 405 Hunts Point Avenue. Dedicated to professionalism, compassion, security and privacy, PharmaCannis provides medical marijuana patients and caregivers quality products and impeccable service, while maintaining a clean, safe, and peaceful environment. Their staff is extremely friendly, knowledgeable and compassionate. As a heads up, PhramaCannis is closed on Mondays and Sundays, and closes early at 3:00 PM on Fridays.
If you’re looking to get there on the Subway from the East side of Manhattan, either take the 6 train to the Hunts Point Avenue Avenue stop or take the 5 train to Intervale Avenue. If you’re coming from the West side of Manhattan, you’ll want to take the 2 train to the Intervale Avenue stop. If you’re driving, free street parking is available outside except for during street cleaning hours.
Queens - Near Elmhurst, Corona, Flushing Meadows and Maspeth
If you’re out in Queens, your best bet is going to be Vireo Health at 89-55 Queens Boulevard. As an emergency medicine physician, Vireo founder Kyle Kingsley, MD saw firsthand that opioids are overused, frequently abused and too often result in fatal overdoses. Now known for being a physician-led company, Vireo is dedicated to providing New York medical marijuana patients with best-in-class cannabis-based products and high quality care.
Unlike many of the other NYC dispensaries, Vireo is open until 7 PM giving you a chance to go after work. If you’re looking to get there on the Subway, take the E, M, or R train to the Woodhaven Boulevard stop. If you’re driving, free street parking is available nearby.
There’s another Manhattan dispensary expected to open soon from New York license holder Fiorello Pharmaceuticals, Inc., but no the grand opening date has yet to be determined. Additionally, New York license holder Curaleaf is expected to open a medical marijuana dispensary in Queens bringing the borough's total to two.
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