Now that adult-use cannabis is legal in New York State, can you legally dab marijuana? Let's take a look at what the law says.


What Is A Cannabis Dab?

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Before we get to the legality of it, let's take a look at what a dab actually is. According to Laguna Treatment Hospital,

Butane hash oil is the main extract used in dab weed. The creation of this concentrated form of marijuana involves the use of butane, which is a very flammable chemical. The butane is then removed, resulting in a sticky, resinous dab.

A dab is concentrated cannabis. Think of it kind of like hash, but a bit more dangerous to make. Since the butane is highly flammable, accidental explosions are possible during the dab-making process. For educational purposes only, VICE offers a Youtube tutorial on making a dab.

Are Cannabis Dabs Legal In New York?

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Photo by Jeff W on Unsplash

New York State still doesn't have any adult-use dispensaries (native and medical marijuana dispensaries are the only ones operating legally currently). When they do eventually open around the state, you may be able to purchase a dab, provided the dispensary chooses to carry it.

Dabs (concentrated cannabis) are legal in New York, but you need to be aware of the weight limit, otherwise you can easily move into illegal possession territory,

Under New York State law it is still illegal to possess or sell more than three ounces of cannabis or more than twenty-four grams of concentrated cannabis.

The bottom line is that dabs are legal in New York, if you keep it under the weight limit. If you choose to make your own using butane, please be very careful (The VICE method above might be an option)!

**This article is not intended to provide any legal advice.

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