New York Regulators Send Cease and Desist Letters to 52 Unlicensed Cannabis Retailers

New York Regulators Send Cease and Desist Letters to 52 Unlicensed Cannabis Retailers
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<![CDATA[New York’s Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) is once again warning businesses to stop selling or gifting cannabis without a license.Regulators issued their first batch of cease and desist letters in February to businesses suspected of illegally selling or gifting cannabis, and sent an additional 52 letters July 7, according to an OCM press release.“These stores falsely depict their operations as legal cannabis dispensaries, but they are not licensed by New York State and are selling untested products that put public health at risk,” OCM officials stated in the release.The letters notify the operators that failure to cease operations could permanently disqualify them from receiving a cannabis license in the state.“There are no businesses currently licensed to sell adult-use cannabis in New York State,” Tremaine Wright, Chair of New York’s Cannabis Control Board (CCB), said in a public statement. “Selling any item or taking a donation, and then ‘gifting’ a customer a bag of untested cannabis does indeed count as a sale under New York’s cannabis law. You need a license to sell cannabis in New York. Licensed sales and a regulated market are the only way New York’s customers will be assured that the cannabis products they are purchasing have been tested and tracked from seed to sale. Sale of untested products put lives at risk. I implore these illegal store operators, and any other stores pretending to be legal operations, to stop selling cannabis products immediately.”RELATED: What To Expect With New York’s First 200 Adult-Use DispensariesLocal law enforcement and the public have brought additional unlicensed cannabis storefronts to the OCM’s attention, according to the release, and those retailers are currently under regulators’ review.“These stores are masquerading as licensed, regulated businesses, but they are nothing of the sort,” Chris Alexander, Executive Director of the Office of Cannabis Management, said…

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