Enraged Bragg vows to evict illegal pot shops
Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg on Tuesday warned the city’s illegal haunts that he was prepared to wipe them out with eviction notices.
The typical pro-crime attorney said his office sent more than 400 letters to illegal smoking shops on Tuesday threatening them with the boot and said he had the power to initiate evictions under civil law.
The move comes less than a month after local sheriff Anthony Miranda testified during a city council hearing that a staggering 1,400 stores illegally selling cannabis products had popped up in the Big Apple.
A study by industry groups released late last year says the problem is undoubtedly far worse.
There are “probably tens of thousands of illegal cannabis companies” currently operating in bodegas, smoke shops, and other storefronts in New York City, according to the survey conducted by the New York Medical Cannabis Trade Association, the NJ Cannabis Trade Association, and the Connecticut Medical Cannabis Council.
To make matters even more worrisome, many of the illegal businesses were selling bad or dangerously tainted weed, the study found after authorities bought and tested cannabis goods from the illegal businesses.
The study said many of the items contained potentially deadly E. coli, salmonella, heavy metals and pesticides.
In mid-January, there was just one legal weed shop in the Big Apple, with a second following days later.
The proliferation of illegal businesses was so bad in 2022 that Mayor Eric Adams had to set up a cannabis task force — which included the sheriff’s office, the NYPD, and the city’s Department of Consumer Affairs — to crack down on it.
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