‘Padlock to Protect’: NYC boosts effort to shut down illegal cannabis shops with new state-granted authority

Mayor Eric Adams on Tuesday launched a new initiative to shut down unlicensed cannabis sellers in the Big Apple after being given more authority to do so in last month’s state budget.

The effort, dubbed “Operation Padlock to Protect,” will involve a cohort of local law enforcement and city agencies inspecting and padlocking stores found to be selling cannabis without a license. It officialy kicked off May 7, with authorities fanning out across the five boroughs to inspect, fine and padlock 20 illicit sellers, according to City Hall.