Seven NYC Retailers, Including A Woodlawn Smoke Shop, Hit With Cease And Desist Letters For Illicit Cannabis Sales

“There are no businesses currently licensed to sell adult-use cannabis in New York State”

Seven NYC retailers misleadingly marketing themselves as legal cannabis dispensaries despite the city’s cannabis adult-use retail industry still building out for an end-of-the-year opening, were sent cease and desist letters, directing them to stop all illicit cannabis sales by the state’s cannabis board on Wednesday.

In all, 52 locations have been sent cease and desist letters by the New York State Cannabis Control Board, with one location in the Bronx, Exhale Smoke House Inc. in Woodlawn, and six other establishments in NYC. Exhale Smoke House did not answer requests for comment from the Bronx Times on Thursday.

Per the letters, businesses that receive the warning and continue to sell marijuana without permission could be permanently barred from getting a license when regulators begin to issue them, which is expected to start happening later this year.

New York state is currently in the process of building out all of the recreational cannabis retail stores for its first group of 100-150 licensees. The state will also offer a 10-year loan to the business owner to cover opening costs.

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