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What not to expect at NYC's first marijuana dispensary

Jillian Anthony

It's finally happening—NYC's first marijuana dispensary opened today! The Columbia Care in Union Square (212 E. 14th St) location is now open, and locations are soon to follow in Murray Hill, Hunts Point and Elmhurst. But they might not look like your own personal, ahem, pipe dream.

Smoking weed is still illegal in New York state, so there won't be any green stuff for sale. You can get prescription pot in the form of THC pills, oils and vape cartridges, the New York Post reports, and the office will probably look more like your pediatrician's space than your local coffeehouse. “You’re unlikely to hear Bob Marley music playing in the background,” said Ari Hoffnung, CEO of Vireo Health of New York, one of the companies growing and selling prescription pot in New York. “You’re not going to have bud tenders wearing tie-dye T-shirts.” Bummer, bro. 

To get doctor-approved weed in New York, you have to have one of several ailments, including cancer, Parkinson’s disease, psoriasis and multiple sclerosis. If you want free love and free-er bud, try the west!


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