Gov. Kathy Hochul recently unveiled her latest weapon against illegal cannabis peddlers — who have only managed to grow even more in numbers since last year, according to city officials.

Illicit cannabis business owners who refuse to allow New York state regulators to inspect their shady shops would get slapped with much steeper fines under the new legislation proposed by the governor.

The regulators, who are from the Office of Cannabis Management and don’t carry guns, have been refused entry by some merchants selling cannabis without a license, sources said.

While the state recently passed a law to help authorities shut down illegal shops, the proposed stiffer fines are designed to put the squeeze on their owners in the meantime.

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