New York City Is Cracking Down on Your Local Weed Bodega
New York regulators and law enforcement are starting to crack down on an onslaught of illicit pot sellers exploiting the run-up to the state’s first recreational marijuana sales.
Scores of so-called weed bodegas have popped up in storefronts across the city hawking pre-rolled joints, edibles and gummies that tout cannabis’ psychoactive ingredient THC. The problem is, none of them are actually legal, licensed sellers. And the $2 billion market in illegal sales poses a threat to New York’s ambitions to launch a tax-generating industry of mom-and-pop shops owned by entrepreneurs impacted by past marijuana arrests.
New York state passed legislation two years ago that decriminalized pot, made it legal for individuals to consume cannabis and allowed New Yorkers to buy small amounts of weed. However,….