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New Yorkers rejoice as the first legal weed dispensary in NYC opens for business

By Cayla Bamberger and Denis Slattery for

The first sale of legal, adult-use recreational marijuana in New York took place Thursday at a licensed Manhattan weed dispensary, marking the beginning of a new chapter in the state’s long-running cannabis saga.

Housing Works Cannabis Company opened near Astor Place in a 4,400 square-foot storefront featuring a white-walled, minimalist feel. The site threw a kickoff party on Thursday, complete with a DJ and binge-worthy snacks including banana pudding and Fruity Pebbles.

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