From Dirty Taxi to Coochie Runtz, New York City is packed with exotic and homegrown strains—if you know where to look.

Although New York City’s first licensed recreational cannabis shops won’t open until this fall, you’d be forgiven for assuming the industry is already up and running.

From Manhattan’s Lower East Side and Washington Square Park to Brooklyn, Queens, and beyond, New York City is bursting with weed retailers. Some of them stand proudly in the open and public-facing, and utilize a gifting model (similar to Washington DC’s market) in which cannabis gets thrown in for free with the purchase of a piece of art or symbolic item. Other businesses remain underground, members-only, and elusive.

Most of these stores aspire to get a state…

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