Retail licenses for weed for adult use have yet to be issued

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NYPD recently took to the streets to crack down on illegal weed trucks popping up everywhere seizing 19 of the pot shops on wheels.

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“In smoke,” a tweet this week from Jeffrey MaddreyNew York Police Department patrol chief, notes the bust.

“19 illegal vehicles and cannabis seized from the streets of New York. While others follow the rules, these trucks and their vendors are unlicensed, so we acted!” Maddrey continued.

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“If you are looking to purchase illegal cannabis at the Weed World Bus located at 5th Avenue and 40th Street, it is no longer open for business. We don’t expect it to open soon! Maddrey noted in a tweet this week.

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A commenter asked, “Did you get ‘Uncle Budd’ on 116 and FDB in Harlem? There every day.

Last June, deputies from the city’s sheriff’s office seized a dozen Weed World Candies vehicles, ostensibly for parking debts.

According NBC New Yorkthe company paid a few hundred thousand of its half million dollars in unpaid parking tickets.

A short video of the vehicles newly confiscated this week, most of which are covered in images of marijuana leaves and include trucks with taxis and buses, shows 10 of them parked and idle in what may be a parking lot. the police.

By PIX11Maddrey said none of the vehicles had Health Department licenses and the seizures were part of efforts to address quality of life issues in New York City after 311 complaints.

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Medical cannabis has been legally available through New York’s medical marijuana program since 2014, with patients required to register with the state. “People may be eligible to use medical cannabis to treat their medical condition if a state-registered healthcare provider certifies that medical cannabis is clinically appropriate,” according to the NYC Department of Health.

Cannabis for adult use was legalized in New York State in March 2021, meaning people 21 and older are free to possess up to 85 grams of cannabis and 24 grams of herbal concentrate, such as vape oil or edibles. Pending passage of applicable regulations, an adult could also grow up to six plants (three mature, three immature) in their home for personal use and up to 12 plants per household.

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As it stands, however, no legal pot shops have opened where recreational weed can be purchased. The situation has spawned many illegal operators.

According to an article by Forbes last month, state regulators had to crack down on unlicensed dealers who “misrepresent their operations as legal cannabis dispensaries.”

A letter published by New York’s Office Cannabis Management (OCM) in July noted that “unlicensed sales undermine the legal market being built by introducing products that are not laboratory tested and potentially threaten health and public safety”.

He then ordered the illicit operators to “immediately cease all illegal activity. Failure to cease this activity puts your ability to obtain a license in the legal cannabis market at substantial risk. »

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The notice further stated that any landlord hosting illegal activities on their premises “jeopardizes your ability to host a licensed dispensary or consumer lounge on-site in the future.”

The CMO is responsible for issuing licenses to companies that want to legally operate in the state’s adult, medical, and cannabinoid hemp industries. “The CMO is developing regulations that will outline how a person or business can apply for and receive a license in the new adult-use cannabis industry,” the agency’s website notes.

Tremaine Wright, chair of the New York State Cannabis Control Board, recently announced that applications for conditional adult retail dispensary licenses will begin accepting August 25 and the window will close on August 26. september.

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These first licenses will be accessible to people harmed by prohibition. Prospective commercial applicants must have a marijuana offense conviction that occurred prior to the passage of the Marijuana Regulation and Tax Law (MRTA) on March 31, 2021, or have had a parent, legal guardian, child, spouse, or dependent with a pre-MRTA cannabis offense conviction in the state. Applicants must also have experience owning and operating a qualifying business.

“We’re writing a new playbook on what a fair launch of a cannabis industry looks like, and hope that future states will follow our lead,” Wright said.

The CMO’s website notes that the agency “will favor social and economic equity applicants who have been harmed by the ban on cannabis for adult use licenses, setting an award target of 50 % of licenses to applicants for social and economic equity”.

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