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New York’s unlicensed cannabis stores under the spotlight

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since ny Recreational marijuana is legal In March 2021, several tobacco stores in the Big Apple began selling unlicensed weed products.
However, those smoke shops experienced constant robberies, which more than quadrupled between the first and second years of cannabis legalization, NYPD Chief Patrol John Chill said at a recent New York City Council hearing. “We estimated from the 593 robberies that there was about $1.5 million in cash,” he added. TheCity reported.
In addition, New York Mayor Eric Adamswho pledged not to take a “heavy” In dealing with illegal marijuana dealers in the city, he recently announced that he would no longer allow these stores to remain open.
In December, Adams launched an interagency task force to address the increase in illegal smoking shops. The task force includes the Sheriff’s Office, the New York Police Department, the Consumer and Labor Protection Department, and the Office of Cannabis Management.

How will the New York House Committee deal with this issue?

During the hearing, the New York Council’s Consumer and Labor Protection Committee agreed to propose legislation that would further empower law enforcement to crack down on unlicensed recreational cannabis stores in New York City, Syracuse reported.

“The task force is ongoing, our operations are ramping up, and we’re doubling — if not tripling — the enforcement we have,” said NYPD Chief Anthony Miranda. “Our current survey is up to 1,400 locations involved in the illegal business of smoking, vaping or cannabis. Most of them will see city police soon.”

State Senator Jeremy Cooney He said recently He wanted to address the potential downside of cannabis reform. He noted that the state’s illegal market, which is thriving, should be seen as an issue of public safety and public health.

In related news, Cathay Hochul State Governor newly announce Opening of the first conditional cannabis dispensary for adults owned by ex-entrepreneur It is criminalized under the cannabis ban. The store will debut January 24th in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village.

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