Brannan, Gounardes call for crackdown on illegal marijuana dispensaries in midst of legalization ‘purgatory’


Marijuana dispensaries have become a dime a dozen in New York City, and councilmember Justin Brannan and state Senator Andrew Gounardes are calling on New York City Police Department Commissioner Keechant Sewell to crack down on unlicensed storefronts selling the drug.

In a letter addressed to the commissioner, the pair pointed out though it became legal to sell recreational marijuana after the Marijuana Regulation & Taxation Act was passed by New York State in March 2021, no official licenses have been issued — meaning all of the shops currently distributing pot around the city are operating unlawfully.