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Here’s how Hochul, New York State plan to combat illegal cannabis operations

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Governor Kathy Hochul announced new initiatives as part of the FY25 State Budget to combat illicit cannabis operations and enhance the legal cannabis market’s security. These measures include empowering the Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) and local authorities to padlock illegal storefronts and escalate penalties for landlords who overlook illicit operations on their properties.


The budget introduces a $50,000 fine for non-compliant landlords within New York City and increases the fines outside of the city, streamlining the process for evicting tenants who violate cannabis laws. Additionally, local governments, including New York City, are granted immediate enforcement powers to regulate unlicensed cannabis businesses.

The establishment of a statewide enforcement task force aims to shut down illegal cannabis stores by targeting suppliers and collaborating with local law enforcement. This comprehensive approach is designed to safeguard communities and support legal cannabis businesses by removing unregulated competitors.