NYC Mayor Promises Crackdown on Illicit Pot Retailers

NYC Mayor Promises Crackdown on Illicit Pot Retailers
High Times

New York City Mayor Eric Adams on Thursday said that his administration is ready to crack down on the illicit cannabis retailers that have multiplied throughout the five boroughs.  “We are not going to allow these stores to stay open,” Mayor Adams said at a press conference, as quoted by the news outlet NY1. The stores, which have become a fixture in the Big Apple this year, capture how awkward it can be for state and local officials to implement new marijuana laws. Recreational pot was made legal in New York in 2021, when then-Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill that ended the prohibition of pot in the Empire State. The new law took effect immediately, allowing adults aged 21 and older in the state to have weed in their possession and to toke up in any public space where cigarettes are also permitted.  But the state’s regulated cannabis market has yet to fully launch. That has not stopped a number of eager entrepreneurs to get in a head start on the coming “greenrush,” even though none of the stores selling marijuana in New York are technically legal.  Mayor Adams appeared at the press conference on Thursday alongside New York City Sheriff Anthony Miranda who “held up an edible in a wrapper made to look like a Willy Wonka chocolate bar,” according to NY1. “These are the products that are not geared toward our adult population, and these are the products that are endangering our children,” Miranda said, as quoted by the outlet. “This is enticing our children, and it’s being very misleading.” NY1 reported that “Adams said authorities visited 53 locations, seized $4.1 million worth of product and issued 566 violations during a recent two-week sting operation.” Miranda told reporters at the press conference that “the average fines for…

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