Let’s cut through the haze: Where can you smoke marijuana legally in New York?

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Marijuana is now legal in New York, but that doesn’t mean you can smoke it everywhere. Here’s a look at some of the rules on where you can and can’t smoke in the state. Generally, anywhere you’re not allowed to smoke a cigarette, you’re also not allowed to smoke a joint.That includes a host of places where smoking is banned under New York’s Clean Indoor Air Act:


  • Workplaces
  • Bars
  • Restaurants
  • Enclosed indoor areas open to the public that contain a swimming pool
  • Public means of mass transportation like subways, underground subway stations, buses, vans, taxicabs and limousines
  • Ticketing, boarding and waiting areas in public transportation stations
  • All workplaces where services are offered to children including youth centers, detention facilities, child care facilities, child day care centers, group homes for children, public institutions for children and residential treatment facilities for children and youth
  • All schools and school grounds
  • All public and private colleges, universities and other educational and vocational institutions
  • Hospitals
  • Residential health-care facilities, although smoking and vaping by adult patients is allowed in designated rooms, according to the act
  • Commercial establishments used for any trade, profession, vocation or charitable activity
  • All indoor arenas
  • Zoos
  • Bingo halls

But there’s more. Numerous cities and counties across the state have banned smoking in public parks and other locations.

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