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Gov. Kathy Hochul Proposes New Enforcement Plan to Eliminate Illegal Marijuana Shops in New York

new york There is a new effort to close –. illegal marijuana shop Like weeds, it spread across the state, especially in the five districts.

Governor Kathy Hochul We are proposing a new enforcement plan with stiff fines and new enforcement powers for state agencies.

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It was just three months ago that CBS2 woke up to its West 52nd Street store, revealing it was selling a slew of marijuana products and asking questions of the day.

“Do you have flowers?”

“Yes, here,” replied the clerk.

Flowers are what those in the know call marijuana these days, and now Governor Hochul is proposing a new law to bud off the illegal sale of flowers.

She launched a tough new line to crack down on illegal stores, where long rows of different types of marijuana were displayed in clear Plexigas boxes, allowing aficionados to smell different types before making a choice. I want a fine.

“The continued existence of illegal pharmacies is unacceptable,” the governor said in a statement.

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Illegal pot shops can face fines of up to $200,000 for having illegal cannabis plants or products, and up to $10,000 per day for selling without a license. I have.

Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Brad Hoyleman Segal There are many illegal shops in his town. manhattan area.

“I support all efforts to close these illegal cannabis shops. They are a nuisance and an eyesore,” said Hoylman-Sigal.

The law allows investigators with the status of security officer in the state’s Department of Tax and Treasury to track down illegal dispensaries to evade the state’s cannabis excise tax.

“These cannabis shops do not pay taxes. They operate illegally, but most importantly, they are dangerous and attract young people, tourists, and the reason that cannabis shops are open. It’s dangerous for others who might think so alone.Many in my district sell licensed products,” Hoylman-Sigal said.

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Mayor Eric Adamshad complained that the city’s penalties were too low to act as a deterrent, but was thrilled with the new proposal.

“Governor Hochul clearly recognizes the need for action to strengthen the city’s ability to hold these illegal businesses accountable,” spokesman Fabian Levy said. “This enforcement is very important to the health and safety of our families and young people.”

Officials hope the bill will be enacted as part of the budget due at the end of the month. Gov. Kathy Hochul Proposes New Enforcement Plan to Eliminate Illegal Marijuana Shops in New York

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