Marijuana enforcement agents in New York state seized more than $6.2 million in weed from dozens of illegal dispensaries in October, according to the Office of Cannabis Management (OCM).
Officials with OCM and the Department of Taxation and Finance hauled in 730 pounds of cannabis flower, 622 pounds of edibles, and 45 pounds of concentrate during inspections at 47 suspected unlicensed dispensaries across the state in October. Together, the weed is worth an estimated $6,209,043. Fines for illegal vending of cannabis can run up to $10,000 per day, according to OCM.
“New York State has zero-tolerance for unlicensed cannabis shops that disregard local communities committed to creating a legal cannabis industry built on equity,” said Chris Alexander, OCM’s executive director, in a statement.