Legal Green: A guide to Brooklyn’s licensed and legal marijuana dispensaries

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Find out where to legally purchase marijuana in Brooklyn this 4/20.
File photo courtesy of Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office

It’s nearly 4/20 — the unofficial but widely-celebrated holiday dedicated to marijuana – and for the first time ever, Brooklynites can buy their supplies legally at a local dispensary.

Legal complications delayed the debut of licensed cannabis shops in Kings County, but the borough’s first legal dispensary opened in Gravesend late last year — and there are now eight licensed and legal marijuana stores in the borough.

Illegal and gray-market dispensaries are a dime a dozen across the city, but marijuana sellers and government officials encourage Brooklynites to shop legal. 

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Brooklynites can purchase legal marijuana right here in the borough for 4/20.Joe Rondone/Tallahassee Democrat via AP

As part of New York’s cannabis legalization law, all licensed dispensaries are at least partially-owned by justice-involved people who suffered disproportionately from marijuana prohibition — plus, all of their goods are regulated and standardized, so you know just what you’re getting.

Here are all of Brooklyn’s legal dispensaries — and a handy map — where you can stock up for 4/20:

Grow Together BK

2370 Coney Island Ave. in Gravesend

Grow Together, owned by Christopher Ledlum and Steven Sapoznik, was Brooklyn’s first legal dispensary. The shop bills itself as a “community hub dedicated to promoting wellness, education, and empowerment” with a commitment to the highest standards in the industry.

Brooklyn Exotic

1056 Flatbush Ave. in Flatbush

This husband-and-wife owned store reopened in January, months after they were forced to put the kibosh on their first store after a judge placed a temporary hold on new retail marijuana licenses.

Online, BK Exotic says it’s “more than just a dispensary — it’s a symbol of resilience and perseverance in the face of adversity.” The store is packed with edibles, flower, and more for those “seeking alternative forms of pain relief and relaxation.”

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Husband-and-wife owned Brooklyn Exotic reopened in Flatbush last year. File photo courtesy of Stuntman PR

The Emerald Dispensary

85 Suydam St. in Bushwick

Affiliated with the cannabis publication The Emerald Magazine, this dispensary made news when its owners, concerned about state policy, covered a beloved mural of Biggie Smalls on the side of their building – but quickly restored it once the Office of Cannabis Management gave their blessing. 

In addition to edibles and pre-rolls, the dispensary carries a wide selection of tinctures and topical creams. 

Tiki Leaves

1511 Neptune Ave. in Coney Island

A more recent addition to the cannabis scene in Brooklyn, Tiki Leaves is still getting its bearings, with its website still under construction, but that hasn’t stopped customers from placing orders.

According to its website, Tiki Leaves’ bestselling products in March included pre-rolls, gummies and a hybrid THC and CBD syrup. 


533 5th Ave. in Park Slope

Matawana is Brooklyn’s first Black woman-owned dispensary, and its ribbon-cutting in February was attended by Mayor Eric Adams. Matawana’s owner, Leeann Mata, has said her father and three of her brothers were either assaulted by police or charged with marijuana-related offenses before legalization.

“Draconian prohibition laws cost my family almost everything, but the plant itself is a healing herb,” Mata said when the store opened. 

Now, with Matawana, Mata is dedicated to helping Brooklynites through marijuana products. 

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Leeann Mata, (second from left) owner of Matawana dispensary, wants to help Brooklynites with cannabis. File photo courtesy of Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office

Misha’s Flower Shop

299 Knickerbocker Ave. in Bushwick

Misha’s Flower Shop just had its soft opening for in-person shopping on April 12, and is gearing up for a grand opening ceremony on May 4, but the shop is still open daily from noon-10 p.m., with products from well-loved brands like Ayrloom, Eaton Botanicals, and Cannabals NY. 

Owner Misha Morse-Buch was one of the first Brooklyn-based entrepreneurs to receive a license to sell marijuana last spring. 

The Travel Agency

122 Flatbush Ave. in Downtown Brooklyn

The Travel Agency’s store in Manhattan was one of the first legal dispensaries in the entire city, and the biz has expanded to a Downtown Brooklyn pop-up as they build out a full-scale shop right next door.

The store is staffed by dozens of highly-trained “budtenders,” founder Arana Hankin-Biggers told Brooklyn Paper in January, eager to help both experienced consumers and newbies find something that will work for them. 

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The Travel Agency offers a wide variety of flower, edibles, and more.File photo courtesy of The Travel Agency

Hi! Dispensary

152 Bedford Ave. in Williamsburg

With their grand opening party scheduled for April 19, Williamsburg’s first legal dispensary is opening just in time for 4/20! The store opened for business on April 17, but prospective customers can head down to the store starting at 4:20pm on April 19 to celebrate with music and plenty of marijuana products.