Mayor Eric Adams on Thursday lamented the boom in the illegal cannabis trade in New York and pledged more enforcement will come after the NYPD towed 19 so-called “weed trucks” around Times Square earlier this week.
“A lot of people don’t read the whole law. All they read is ‘weed is legal,’ and they just go for it,” Adams said at an independent news conference in midtown Manhattan.
“We now need to recognize when people are reporting illegal weed sales — that’s a lot more deals than we realize — and then we need to take steps to confiscate those items.”
The NYPD said Tuesday it had seized the 19 pickup trucks and the cannabis they contained, and issued their operators with six criminal court summonses and five speeding tickets.
Owners can request the return of their vehicles, an NYPD spokesman said.
Adams warned Thursday that enforcement would take time.
“You have to go in with a warning. There are layers, and we implement those steps,” he said. “We have to educate people and understand – there can’t be cannabis next to the can.”
New York legalized marijuana on March 31, and would-be dealers must go through the state licensing process.
Entrepreneurs looking to sell the Sticky Icky can apply for licenses from the State Office of Cannabis Management beginning August 25.
Additional reporting by David Meyer
https://nypost.com/2022/08/18/mayor-adams-scolds-illegal-cannabis-sellers-after-nyc-tows-19-weed-trucks/ Mayor Adams scolds illegal cannabis sellers after NYC tows 19 weed trucks