Would-be merchants of cannabis and THC products in New York say they have been frustrated by the lengthy process and red tape involved in getting legal authorization to sell product. In the last year, many shops are brazenly selling product without licenses. Mayor Eric Adams has made moves to address what he sees as a potentially dangerous situation, forming a joint task force with the goal of killing any notion of a “Wild, Wild West of cannabis sales” in NYC.  Thus far, the task force has issued 500 civil violations and 66 criminal summonses. “Our goal is not to incarcerate,” Mayor Adams said. “It is to confiscate and educate.”

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