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Tuesday, April 16, 2024

New York State Cracks Down on Unlicensed Cannabis Operations


NEW YORK (WKBW) — New York Governor Kathy Hochul has taken ⁣a strong stance against the sale of untested cannabis from unlicensed businesses in the state. In an effort to crack down ⁣on this illegal activity, the ‌state ‍has launched an interagency initiative involving enforcement officers from the NYS Office of Cannabis Management and Department of Taxation and Finance.

These officers will⁤ be conducting inspections of unlicensed businesses and issuing Notices of Violation and Orders to ⁢Cease Unlicensed Activity when appropriate. This initiative comes as part of the ⁣FY 2024 Budget, which includes expanded enforcement actions against unlicensed cannabis businesses.

“New York is proud to have undertaken the most equitable legal cannabis roll-out in the nation and the ​State ⁤will not stand‍ idle as unlicensed operators break the ‍law and sell untested products to underage New ⁢Yorkers. ⁣These⁤ enforcement actions are critical steps ‍to ‍protect and help those individuals‌ who were promised a shot to ⁣start a legal business and be successful. Additionally, these unlicensed operators undermine the State’s⁤ efforts to generate substantial funds for a social equity ⁤fund that will⁢ go into the communities that have been hardest hit by over-prosecution of the ⁢cannabis laws in the past.”

– Gov. Hochul

“Through the collaboration of our enforcement teams and law enforcement ‌agencies, we will ⁤be able to take meaningful action against illegal cannabis operations that pose countless risks to our communities. This targeted operation‌ is a ⁣significant step towards promoting a safe, ‍transparent cannabis industry in New York State. With the strengthened penalties and unified‌ enforcement measures in place, we are actively working towards our goal of a regulated market that fosters consumer trust and supports licensed operators.”

– New York State Office of Cannabis Management Executive Director⁢ Chris Alexander

The state’s commitment to ⁣ensuring a safe and regulated cannabis industry is‍ evident in these proactive measures to combat unlicensed⁤ cannabis sales. By working⁢ together with law enforcement agencies, New York aims to create a transparent and trustworthy market for licensed operators and consumers alike.

Alejandro Mendoza
Alejandro Mendoza
Alejandro Mendoza is a dedicated journalist, known for his in-depth research and commitment to truth. A graduate of Columbia University's School of Journalism, he specializes in revealing and reporting on significant local issues.
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  1. Disagree The government should focus on regulating and legalizing cannabis instead of cracking down on unlicensed operations.


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