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Corning sticker shop ordered to cease marijuana sales amid crackdown

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A state-led crackdown on unlicensed marijuana sales has led to the seizure of illicit cannabis at Mosa’s on Market, a ‘sticker shop’ on Market Street in Corning.


The New York State Office of Cannabis Management, after an inspection, ordered the shop to halt the sale of such products immediately. Notice of the seizure is now prominently displayed on placards at the shop’s front entrance and windows.

This action is part of a wider regulatory effort to enforce cannabis laws across the state. Earlier this year, legislation was passed to close loopholes exploited by unlicensed dispensaries, colloquially known as ‘sticker shops.’ Such stores have circumvented the law by selling non-cannabis items, then ‘gifting’ marijuana with the purchases.

Noncompliant stores face hefty fines of up to $20,000, and selling cannabis without a license is now a criminal offense. The Office of Cannabis Management and Department of Taxation and Finance continue to conduct inspections, verifying the payment of appropriate taxes on cannabis sales. Last month, similar enforcement actions led to seizures at three shops in downtown Ithaca.