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State closes five Auburn-area smoke shops

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Five Auburn-area smoke shops were shut down by the state for selling cannabis to minors and operating without licenses. The closures, including Blue Smoke and More and Auburn Express Jr. Smoke Shop, were announced after a joint effort by local and state officials.

The New York State Office of Cannabis Management highlighted concerns about unregulated products with child-friendly packaging. Auburn Mayor Jimmy Giannettino initiated the crackdown after a mother reported her son buying cannabis at Blue Smoke. The effort involved local police and county officials.

The closed shops and their owners will face fines.