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New York’s First Medical Marijuana Dispensary Looks Like a Spa!

New York will be opening the doors to it’s first medical marijuana dispensary this Thursday!

Columbia Care’s pot dispensary is located in the heart of the city in the Union Square neighborhood.

It might seem odd to put a marijuana dispensary in such a prominent place, but Columbia Care doesn’t look like just any old weed spot! In fact in blends right into the classic trendiness of Union Square, by looking like a high end spa.

There aren’t any bongs or weed accessories hanging around the space, no posters of stoners. You won’t be greeted by the strong smell of weed, because there are no marijuana plants on-site. Instead when you walk into the waiting room there’s an open minimalist design, tables lined with funky terrariums, and tasteful informational posters on the walls. 

The aesthetic of the place says a lot about where the marijuana market is heading and who it’s serving.

Columbia Care is one of the country’s largest marijuana manufacturer and providers and their number one priority is making patients feel comfortable.

Don’t get too excited though. You can’t even get in the door of New York’s newest dispensary without a medical marijuana card or a doctors note.

READ: People Are Doing Weed Bars At Weddings Now!

In July 2014, New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo, signed The Compassionate Care Act, putting in place one of the country’s most restrictive medical marijuana laws.

According to the New York State Department of Health, in order to qualify medical marijuana in New York you have to have been diagnosed with a “specific severe, debilitating or life-threatening condition that is accompanied by an associated or complicating condition.”

As of right now there are 10 different recognized conditions including HIV or AIDS, cancer and ALS.

So for now medical marijuana in New York is still one of the hardest things to get your hands on.

Photos: CNBC

Ariel Leconte

Ariel Leconte

Ariel is the Associate Editor of Jawbreaker and creator of Revolutionary In Pink Pumps blog. She is equally obsessed with social justice, lipstick, culture, and red wine.