History was made in the Empire City on Thursday. At 4:20 p.m. EST, Housing Works Cannabis Company became the first recreational dispensary to open its doors in New York, New York. Located in Manhattan, the dispensary offers a wide variety of products, including edibles and flowers.
“Today marks a major milestone in our efforts to create the most equitable cannabis industry in the nation. The opening of the first legal dispensary in our state right here in New York City is more than just a promising step for this budding industry – it represents a new chapter for those most harmed by the failed policies of the past,” New York Mayor Eric Adams said.
“The legal cannabis market has the potential to be a major boon to New York’s economic recovery – creating new jobs, building wealth in historically underserved communities, and increasing state and local tax revenue.”
The 4,400-square-foot facility is operated by Housing Works, a nonprofit dedicated to assisting people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. All proceeds from the dispensary will be used to offer healthcare and housing services for those living with the chronic illness.
“We set a course just nine months ago to start New York’s adult-use cannabis market off on the right foot by prioritizing equity, and now, we’re fulfilling that goal,” New York Governor Kathy Hochul said.
“The industry will continue to grow from here, creating inclusive opportunity in every corner of New York State with revenues directed to our schools and revitalizing communities.”