Crackdown on Illegal Marijuana Shops in New York City

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Crackdown on Illegal Marijuana Shops in New York City
New York state authorities seize over $54 million worth of marijuana products in recent crackdown on unlicensed shops.

According to a recent report by Eldiariony, the government of New York state has announced that in the latest crackdown on unlicensed marijuana shops across the state, a total of over $54 million worth of marijuana products were seized by the end of last month, with a total weight of 5,000 kilograms.


The Office of Cannabis Management in New York stresses that the state won a significant legal battle on November 21 last year, which will aid in the continued closure of illicitly operating cannabis stores in the future.


According to Mayor Eric Adams and official Anthony Miranda, at the beginning of the Lunar New Year, Governor Kathy Hochul and the legislative body cracked down heavily on unlicensed marijuana shops.


In New York City, the number of unlicensed vendors has now risen to approximately 1,500.


According to the New York Post, this year, a total of 350 locations in the New York area have been targeted and investigated. Among them, 88 locations have been rechecked since 2022. In these operations, a total of 11,000 pounds of marijuana were seized, with a combined value of $54 million.


Chris Alexander, the Executive Director of the New York Cannabis Control Board, emphasized that ensuring statewide safety is their top priority. He firmly stated, "As we contemplate the future development of the New York marijuana market, we must redouble our efforts to enforce and ensure crackdown on illegal operations, in order to safeguard the life and property of the public.


Former Governor Andrew Cuomo and state legislators failed to adequately address enforcement issues against illegal operators when they passed laws legalizing the consumption and sale of marijuana for adults in 2021, creating a booming black market and inadvertently laying the groundwork for the growth of the legal marijuana industry.


The law classifies the unauthorized sale of marijuana and cannabis products as a criminal offense. Fines start at $10,000 per day and can increase up to $20,000 for each subsequent violation. Regulatory agencies may also impose additional fines and seek court orders to permanently shut down repeat offending companies.


New York state currently has 27 licensed adult-use cannabis dispensaries, with 12 of them located in New York City. A court order issued in August has halted new licenses and store openings, leaving the marijuana industry in a legal limbo.


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