New York officials say dispensaries are legal if they are on federally recognized and sovereign tribal lands. The Street Lawyer Services gift model is popular in Washington, D., C. Several other stores in New York City have also taken this approach. Under the law, it is legal to transfer up to three ounces of cannabis to a person over the age of 21, as long as there is no compensation for it.
Street Lawyer Services is one of several unlicensed marijuana dispensaries that have appeared on the Lower East Side in recent months. Meanwhile, New Jersey's initial legal sales will take place at medical marijuana dispensaries for all adults 21 and older one week starting Thursday. The state has already issued 50 licenses for hemp growers to grow marijuana and another 50 licenses for dispensaries with more to come. NEW YORK — New York State legalized recreational marijuana last year, but has not yet allowed licensed dispensaries to sell it beyond medical use.
Some of the dispensaries that have opened are seeking to exploit loopholes in the state's Marijuana Tax and Regulation Act to argue that they are operating legally. New York legalized marijuana use this spring, and by the end of the year, cities and towns across the state must individually decide whether to allow cannabis dispensaries and “on-site use.” In addition to being on sale in Washington Square Park and some wineries and smoke stores, marijuana is now sold in dedicated dispensaries.