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Gov. Hochul Signs Legislation Cracking Down on Illegal Cannabis Market

Wednesday, May 3rd 2023, 7:05 PM EDTBy Andrew Kane

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ALBANY, N.Y. (WENY) - Governor Kathy Hochul signed a bill cracking down on the illegal cannabis market in New York State as part of the newly enacted budget.


According to the state, the legislation allows the office of cannabis management to curb the sale of cannabis from unlicensed storefronts and trucks across the state.


"As New York State continues to roll out a nation-leading model to establish its cannabis industry, these critical enforcement measures will protect New Yorkers from illicit, unregulated sales," Governor Hochul said. "Unlicensed dispensaries violate our laws, put public health at risk, and undermine the legal cannabis market. With these enforcement tools, we're paving the way for safer products, reinvestment in communities that endured years of disproportionate enforcement, and greater opportunities for New Yorkers."


The office can now assess penalties against unlicensed cannabis businesses with fines up to $20,000 per day. This legislation also makes it a crime to sell marijuana or marijuana products without a license.

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