Philadelphia

The Best Dispensaries for Legal Weed in Philadelphia

How to register for a medical ID, plus the best medical dispensaries and CBD shops in Philadelphia.

Photo courtesy of Sunnyside
Photo courtesy of Sunnyside
Photo courtesy of Sunnyside

Ever since medical marijuana was legalized in Pennsylvania in 2016-and first became available in the state two years later-dispensaries have popped up all throughout the city. From local outposts of national chains to independent shops selling CBD products, there’s a little something for everyone, from flower to lotions.

Even with 4/20 soon approaching, keep in mind that marijuana for recreational use is not legal in Pennsylvania-just medical marijuana. So in order to purchase items containing THC, you need a medical marijuana ID card, which you can register for online. (You don’t need a medical marijuana ID card to purchase CBD, which does not have the same psychoactive effects as THC). Within Philadelphia, specifically, marijuana is decriminalized, meaning possessing, buying and using up to an ounce of weed is not considered a crime in the city. All of this is to say, if you hope to shop at any of the dispensaries selling THC, you’ll need your medical ID card ready.

Now, with all of that business out of the way, here are a few top-notch spots to get some bud in Philly.

Restore Dispensaries
Restore Dispensaries
Restore Dispensaries

Restore

Fishtown
Philly’s first dispensary, Restore opened in 2018 in the heart of Fishtown: Within arm’s reach of the Fillmore, Barcade, and the bustling intersection of Frankford and Girard. Inside, there’s a relaxing plant wall behind the front desk. As for the menu, take your pick from an assortment of flower, extract, tinctures, lotions, and vapes in a variety of strains: indica, sativa, hybrid, and CBD.

Curaleaf
Curaleaf
Curaleaf

Curaleaf

Various locations
With locations in Arizona, Illinois, Florida, Ohio, and Utah-among others-Curaleaf has a nationwide footprint. Within Philly, Curaleaf has medical dispensary locations on City Avenue and East Passyunk Avenue. At both locations, you can find oral capsules, Doctor Solomon’s tinctures and lotions, of course flower, and a super friendly and knowledgeable staff to help guide you.

Courtesy of Jushi Holdings Inc.
Courtesy of Jushi Holdings Inc.
Courtesy of Jushi Holdings Inc.

Beyond Hello

Various locations
Out of the 30-plus locations nationwide, 18 of them are located in Pennsylvania. Philly is home to three medical dispensaries-one in University City, another in Center City, and one more in Northern Liberties-making Beyond Hello one of the more accessible dispensaries in the city. All branches boast an open and airy layout with product displayed in glass cases and shelves behind the counter. Hundreds of products are available at each location, ranging from THCa sand to vapes-many of which are sourced from local Pennsylvania growers.

CBD Kratom
CBD Kratom
CBD Kratom

CBD Kratom

Various locations
With over 60 locations in six cities, CBD Kratom stocks more than 600 cannabis products including edibles, topicals, tinctures, oils, skincare, beverages, and pet treats-as well as over 20 strains of kratom and kratom specialty products. You can find their Philly locations in Rittenhouse Square and Fishtown (a South Street outpost is coming soon) and don’t need a medical marijuana ID card to buy vape cartridges, CBD gummies, and kratom capsules.

Inhale Exhale
Inhale Exhale
Inhale Exhale

Inhale Exhale

Francisville
First opened in late 2020, this independent shop has a wide assortment of glassware, CBD hookah, CBD tinctures, delta-8 prerolls, CBD juices and more in a laid-back environment. All are welcome here-no medical marijuana ID necessary.

Ethos
Ethos
Ethos

Ethos

Various locations
Providing access to patients in Northeast Philly as well as Washington Square, Ethos’ two medical dispensary locations have knowledgeable staff providing product recommendations based on your lifestyle: For what pain you need relief, the time of day you’d like to consume. In stock they have tinctures to help with insomnia and cured budder, among hundreds of other products.

Photo courtesy of Sunnyside
Photo courtesy of Sunnyside
Photo courtesy of Sunnyside

Sunnyside

Various locations
Similar to Curaleaf, Sunnyside holds down the fort on both City Avenue and in Midtown Village with their hard-to-miss signature look: bright orange signage and storefront lettering that beckons patients to the doors of their medical dispensaries. Expect Apple store vibes-neat and orderly displays-as you shop for flower, vapes, ingestibles, concentrates, tinctures, and accessories from over 20 brands.

Super Loa
Super Loa
Super Loa

Super Loa

East Passyunk
This recently-opened CBD dispensary offers all certified organic products meant to relieve pain and anxiety and increase focus and relaxation. The shop evokes a friendly vibe, thanks to its bright yellow walls and a focus on community by forging relationships with customers. Not only do you not need a medical marijuana ID card to make a purchase here, but the store carries products for menstrual relief, women’s health, intimacy, and even CBD dog chews.Want more Thrillist? Follow us on┬áInstagram,┬áTikTok,┬áTwitter,┬áFacebook,┬áPinterest, and┬áYouTube.

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Philadelphia

Museum Exhibits in Philly to Check Out Before They Disappear

Get in some culture (and selfies) at the best art exhibits in Philadelphia.

Photo courtesy of Disney
Photo courtesy of Disney
Photo courtesy of Disney

From the historical to the artistic, Philadelphia is jam packed with museums. Art aficionados of all ages can get lost inside the likes of tourist-friendly museums like the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Museum of the American Revolution or feast their eyes on unique exhibitions at institutions like the Fabric Workshop and Museum and the Museum for Art In Wood.

Between big-ticket exhibitions honouring the House of Mouse to collections showcasing the legacy of a prominent Black family in early America, there’s plenty of material to dig into. After you’ve planned a date night and rounded up friends to explore the city, here are the most exciting museum exhibits in Philly right now-before they’re gone for good.

Photo courtesy of Disney
Photo courtesy of Disney
Photo courtesy of Disney

The Franklin Institute

Exhibition: Disney 100: The Exhibition
Mickey Mouse, you look good for your age. Celebrating the 100th anniversary of Disney is a retrospective exhibition, which got its world premiere right here in Philly. Between rarely-seen artworks and artifacts, costumes and props, and interactive installations where you can listen to hit Disney songs, the exhibit is a Disney lover’s wish-upon-a-star-come-true.
Dates: Until August 27, 2023
How to visit: The museum is open Monday through Sunday. Tickets are available online and at the door.

Photo by Ramon Torres, courtesy of ANS
Photo by Ramon Torres, courtesy of ANS
Photo by Ramon Torres, courtesy of ANS

Academy of Natural Sciences

Exhibition: Conversations With Birds
No, not an allusion to the Eagles, this exhibition is dedicated to actual birds, their migration patterns, and humans’ relationship with avian creatures. Expect avian photography and video by local birders and wildlife photographers along with an interactive exhibit showing five migratory birds that pass through the Philadelphia region on their seasonal passage between North and South America.
Dates: Until May 21, 2023
How to visit: The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday. Tickets are available online or at the door.

The Barnes Foundation

Exhibition: Sue Williamson & Lebohang Kganye: Tell Me What You Remember
The work of two contemporary South African artists-Sue Williamson and Lebohang Kganye-are shown side by side, offering a cross-generational dialogue. Both artists utilize video installations, photographs, sculptural installations, and textiles “to consider how the stories our elders tell us shape family narratives and personal identities.”
Dates: Until May 21, 2023
How to visit: The museum is open Thursday through Monday. Advanced tickets are recommended.

Photo by Jonathan Horowitz
Photo by Jonathan Horowitz
Photo by Jonathan Horowitz

Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History

Exhibition: The Future Will Follow the Past: An Exhibition by Jonathan Horowitz
Exploring the rapid change of societal issues in America since 2020-antisemitism, racial violence, immigration, women’s rights, LGBTQIA+ rights-Jonathan Horowitz designed installations inspired by recent occurrences. His works explore specific events like the infamous far-right rally from white supremacists in Charlottesville as well as recent themes in American history, like attacks on those within the BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ communities.
Dates: Until July 4, 2023
How to visit: The museum is open Friday through Sunday. Admission is available online and at the door.

Photo by Hoda Tawakol
Photo by Hoda Tawakol
Photo by Hoda Tawakol

The Museum for Art In Wood

Exhibition: The Mashrabiya Project
The newly renamed Museum for Art in Wood (formerly The Center for Art In Wood) celebrates the rebrand with a brand new project. Focusing on mashrabiya, the traditional Islamic architectural design, The Mashrabiya Project is a first of its kind effort in the U.S. to examine this aesthetic. As a part of the larger mission, a new exhibition Seeing Through Space features newly-commissioned, never-before-seen works by six female-identifying artists.
Dates: Until July 23, 2023
How to visit: The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday. Tickets are not required.

Photo by Carlos Avenda├▒o
Photo by Carlos Avenda├▒o
Photo by Carlos Avenda├▒o

Fabric Workshop and Museum

Exhibition: Henry Taylor: Nothing Change, Nothing Strange
Combining painting and sculpture, Henry Taylor utilized recycled objects in this exhibition, the product of an 18-month residency. The entire second floor of the museum houses the large scale assemblages, tapestries, and textiles. Think: 30-foot billowing canvases and towering totems created from compressed blocks of paint buckets, vinyl home siding, and black plastic planters.
Dates: Until July 23, 2023
How to visit: The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday. Walk up admission is available but advanced registration is encouraged.

Photo courtesy of Philadelphia Museum of Art
Photo courtesy of Philadelphia Museum of Art
Photo courtesy of Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Exhibition: Judith Joy Ross
More than 200 photographs from renowned portrait photographer Judith Joy Ross will be on display at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, chronicling her career from the 1980s to today. Her black-and-white portraits are intimate reflections of everyday Americans, and this show features work from all her major projects, plus, never-before-seen images.
Dates: April 24 to August 6, 2023
How to visit: The museum is open Thursday through Monday. Advanced tickets are recommended.

American Swedish Historical Museum

Exhibition: Radically Marimekko
Famous for their bright and bold fabrics, Finnish textiles, clothing, and home furnishings, the company Marimekko is showcased at this special exhibit. Drawing attention to Finnish design, the collection traces the brand’s path from industrial art house to fashion icon.
Dates: March 30 to September 24, 2023
How to visit: The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday. Walk up admission is available.

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and African American Museum in Philadelphia

Exhibition: Rising Sun: Artists in an Uncertain America
A collaboration between the African American Museum in Philadelphia and PAFA, Rising Sun showcases new work from 20 artists examining the question of Is the sun rising or setting on the experiment of American democracy? With pieces shown in both museums, visitors can reflect on, challenge, and expand their view of democracy through art.
Dates: March 23 to October 8, 2023
How to visit: The African American Museum in Philadelphia is open Thursday through Sunday; admission is available online and at the door. PAFA is open Thursday through Sunday; admission can be purchased in advance or at the door.

Museum of the American Revolution
Museum of the American Revolution
Museum of the American Revolution

Museum of the American Revolution

Exhibition: Black Founders: The Forten Family of Philadelphia
James Forten may not be a familiar name within early American history, but this new exhibit at the Museum of the American Revolution is looking to change that. Telling the story of Forten and his family through 100 historical artifacts, Black Founders explores the Forten family’s roles in the Revolutionary War, business in Philadelphia, and the abolitionist movement.
Dates: Until November 26, 2023
How to visit: The museum is open daily. Admission is available online and at the door.

National Constitution Center
National Constitution Center
National Constitution Center

National Constitution Center

Exhibition: The 19th Amendment: How Women Won The Vote
That lofty document known as the Constitution and its values, interpretations, and amendments are explored in great detail at the National Constitution Center, naturally. This semi-permanent exhibit examines the 19th Amendment-the one which granted women the right to vote-and the road to its ratification. Out of the near 100 artifacts, expect to see a rare printing of the Declaration of Sentiments from the first women’s convention at Seneca Falls, a ballot box used to collect women’s votes in the late 1800s, Pennsylvania’s ratification copy of the 19th Amendment, and various “Votes for Women” ephemera.
Dates: Semi-permanent, no end date announced
How to visit: The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday. Advanced tickets are recommended.

M├╝tter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia
M├╝tter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia
M├╝tter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia

M├╝tter Museum

Exhibition: Spit Spreads Death
Eerily topical, the M├╝tter’s latest special exhibit, Spit Spreads Death, an exhibit about the 1918 flu pandemic, opened in the fall of 2019, less than six months before the start of the coronavirus pandemic. The exhibit traces the disease’s spread throughout Philadelphia neighbourhoods a century ago and how the pandemic impacted the city with artifacts like photos, newspaper clippings, and more.
Dates: Now through 2024
How to visit: The museum is open Wednesday through Monday. Advanced tickets are required.

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Allie Volpe┬áis a writer based in Philadelphia. She hasn’t slept in days. Follow her on Twitter:┬á@allieevolpe.

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