First Recreational Marijuana Shop on Long Island Debuts July 8

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Glass jar full of recreational marijuana for sale at a market (Getty Images).

The first New York State-licensed legal recreational marijuana dispensary on Long Island is scheduled to open for business in Farmingdale on July 8 as the industry’s slow rollout inches forward, officials said.

Strain Stars will debut at 12 p.m. July 8 at 1815 Broadhollow Road in Farmingdale. Strain Stars was among the first companies to receive its Conditional Adult-Use Retail Dispensary (CAURD) license through the Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) in November.

“With these new dispensaries opening in New York, we are providing safer product to New Yorkers, while furthering our ambitious goals for equity in New York’s cannabis laws,” said Gov. Kathy Hochul.

The debut of Strain Stars brings the number of adult-use cannabis dispensaries statewide to 19, with dozens more to come on Long Island, where so far the only state-licensed options have been a few weed delivery services. 

The dispensary is owned and operated by Kamaldeep Singh, Tushar Mallick, Jasmin Kaur, Darminder Sing, Gurmeet Sing, and Kamaldeep Singh, who also holds a hemp cannabinoid retail license issued by the OCM.

“This momentous occasion not only brings economic opportunities to these communities but also represents our commitment to fostering a responsible and inclusive cannabis industry.,” said OCM Executive Director Chris Alexander. “We look forward to the positive impact these dispensaries will have on … Long Island residents, as we continue to prioritize social equity, public health, and safety while expanding the cannabis market throughout New York State.”

For a comprehensive list of legal, licensed New York State adult-use cannabis dispensaries, visit cannabis.ny.gov