US (NY): Regulators put 52 unlicensed retailers on blast in preparation for adult-use market

New York cannabis regulators have put 52 unlicensed cannabis retailers on notice, publicizing dozens of cease and desist letters they have sent to businesses accused of illegally selling cannabis as the state prepares to launch its adult-use market.

The Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) said that the storefronts are falsely claiming to be legal cannabis shops without a license and without adhering to product testing requirements, which could jeopardize public health.

As stated in the letters, businesses that receive the warning and continue to sell cannabis without permission could be permanently barred from getting a license when regulators begin to issue them, which is expected to start happening later this year.

Regulators previously sounded the alarm about retailers that have attempted to exploit a “gifting” provision of the state’s cannabis law by selling non-cannabis products and then giving away “free” cannabis.

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