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A first look inside New York’s first-ever legal recreational cannabis dispensary

By Shaye Weaver for

History was made in NYC on Thursday morning: New York’s very first legal cannabis dispensary for recreational use opened and made its first sale. The purchase at Housing Works Cannabis Co made by Councilwoman Carlina Rivera is the very beginning of a budding industry and a milestone in the decades-long fight to legalize marijuana.

The dispensary at 750 Broadway was one of the first entities in New York State to get a Conditional Adult-Use Retail Dispensary (CUARD) license this November, meaning it now has permission to sell recreational cannabis. It was one of the first 36 licenses the state issued and one of eight nonprofits to receive a license.

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