The first legal cannabis shop in Queens opened Thursday. Located in Jamaica, near the intersection of Jamaica Avenue and 162nd Street, Good Grades is the city’s fourth legal store and its first outside Manhattan, according to a news release from Gov. Kathy Hochul’s office. It’s also the first woman-owned and minority-owned dispensary in New York state, which is significant because Blacks and Latinos have historically experienced disproportionate marijuana arrests, even though they only make up 20% of the population in neighborhoods like Flushing and Forest Hills. Co-owner Extasy James’s family has deep roots in Jamaica, where she hopes to bring a more upscale retail experience to the area.
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In addition to its dispensary, Good Grades will operate a mobile cannabis delivery service and will partner with nonprofit groups to host giveaways and community drives for free product. It’s also the first Weed Dispensary Queens to offer CBD products, as well as vape cartridges, edibles, indoor flowers and pre-rolls. It will also carry vaporizers and tinctures from Curaleaf, a cannabis company with locations throughout the United States.
To purchase cannabis from a regulated dispensary in the Queens, check its website or look for a “Dispensary Verification Tool” that’s posted near the entrance. It will contain a QR code that you can scan to see if the location is on OCM’s list of licensed dispensaries.