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NY Cannabis Shops Given Ultimatum to Stop Sale of Cannabis Products

William Davis

This week, 17 stores in New York City received stop and desist letters, putting a damper on the city's expanding—but still illegal—marijuana market.

According to the letters from the state's new Office of Cannabis Management, all those firms are suspected of selling cannabis without a license, which is still prohibited even though New York legalized marijuana last year.

In total, 52 firms received stop and desist letters from the state's new marijuana regulators, who said they were operating illegal marijuana shops.

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Although the state has approved the use and possession of formerly illegal marijuana, authorities have not yet granted permits to anyone wishing to start adult-use cannabis businesses.

However, hundreds of companies have already started promoting "untested" marijuana goods to customers despite lacking the necessary licenses, according to state regulators.

The newly established Office of Cannabis Management announced on Thursday that it has issued severe warnings ordering 52 outlets dispersed around the state to immediately suspend sales of such items in an effort to rein in such activities.

Officials warned that if the sales didn't cease, those companies may never again be eligible to receive state cannabis licenses.

The Cannabis Management Enforcement Division sent out letters stating, “Unlicensed sales undermine the legal market that is being built by introducing products that are not lab-tested and potentially threaten public safety.”

Chairman of the state Cannabis Control Board, Tremaine Wright said, “Licensed sales and a regulated market are the only way New York’s customers will be assured that the cannabis products they are purchasing have been tested and tracked from seed to sale.”

Records show that seven Brooklyn firms, along with six in Manhattan, two in The Bronx, and two in Queens, received letters.

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William Davis is a CBD and MMJ enthusiast working with Quick Med Cards. He has been covering cannabis-related stories for many years and has been involved in educating readers about the potential benefits this tabooed plant can have.

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