If you do not see this seal on a retail store or package, you are smoking at your own risk.
Today (December 15), New York Gov. Kathy Hochul revealed the labeling system the state will use to mark licensed cannabis stores and retail products.
When stores open at the end of this month, the “New York State Licensed Cannabis Dispensary” verification seal will be posted in the windows of our legally licensed retail stores. The goal is to ensure that consumers know they are buying from a dispensary that is licensed and regulated by New York State.
The symbol will be universal – by law it must appear on every cannabis product. The goal is to give consumers confidence that their products are lab tested and regulated for potency and purity. The code will appear in the front windows of every legally licensed cannabis store, and will include a QR code that consumers can instantly scan for validation. A similar version of the verification tool will be available to licensees looking to begin their sales through delivery.
Launch of the “Why Buy Legal New York” Campaign
As more retail cannabis stores continue to open in 2023, the state plans to launch a public education campaign called “Why Buy Legal in New York,” which will explain the benefits of purchasing legal adult use cannabis to New York State cannabis consumers. The campaign will discuss the dangers of buying untested, illegal products, and how these products undermine the goals of New York cannabis law to build the most equitable and inclusive cannabis market in the country.
“We will use every tool available to promote the fair and legal cannabis market that we are building, and the dispensary verification tool that Governor Hochul unveiled today is one step in that process,” said Chris Alexander, executive director of the Office of Cannabis. Management. “Our law enforcement team is increasing its partnerships and increasing activity from Buffalo to New York City and will continue to do so until these illegal stores and trucks are closed.”
In the past month, OCM and other local law enforcement agencies have teamed up Raid multiple storefronts which was posing as licensed dispensaries. OCM said it intends to take a “no cuff, no criminal charge” approach to unlicensed cannabis sellers in the state. This year, New York City Mayor Eric Adams He said summonses, fines, and civil penalties It was the only planned enforcement of the illegal and gray markets. Shops that flout tobacco and vape regulations don’t seem to have the same leeway.
As for your local merchant, as long as he stays within that state’s possession of three ounces of flower at any time, he should be fine.
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