New York State Now Prepared To Shut Down Illegal Cannabis Shops, Gov. Hochul Says

The OCM can now fine unlicensed cannabis shops $10,000 per day

The state is taking new measures to crack down on unlicensed cannabis shops. Gov. Kathy Hochul said Thursday more than two dozen businesses have been temporarily shut down.

CBS2 saw more than 1,000 pounds of illicit cannabis confiscated since the beginning of June by the Office of Cannabis Management, or OCM. Authorities say its retail value is up to $11 million.

A store on West 14th Street is one of 31 businesses ordered to cease activity, pending a court hearing, and the governor warned this is only the beginning of a statewide crackdown.

“Do you really want to risk this? This is going to hurt you monetarily as well,” Hochul said.

Because of recently passed legislation, she said the OCM can now fine unlicensed cannabis shops $10,000 per day. If sales continue, the fines can increase to $20,000 per day.

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