The New York City Police Department (NYPD) estimates that there are 1,300 illegal cannabis stores operating in the city. The NYPD has been cracking down on these illegal stores, making arrests and seizing large amounts of cannabis.
These cannabis stores are operating in neighborhoods all over the city, but are particularly prevalent in Brooklyn and the Bronx. The illegal cannabis market is believed to be connected to other criminal activity, such as drug trafficking and money laundering. The NYPD has been working with other law enforcement agencies to investigate these connections and make arrests.
The illegal cannabis market is also causing problems for the legal medical cannabis market in the state. Patients who are authorized to use medical cannabis have reported difficulty finding legal dispensaries, as many are being driven out of business by the illegal stores.
As for the solution, NYPD is working with the city's community boards and other local organizations to raise awareness about the dangers of the illegal cannabis market and encourage residents to report any illegal activity they see in their neighborhoods.
In the meantime, New York State is working to legalize cannabis for recreational use. The state legislature is currently considering a bill that would legalize and regulate cannabis, but it is not yet clear when or if the bill will become law.
Overall, NYPD reported that there are an estimated 1,300 illegal cannabis stores operating in New York City. These illegal stores are causing significant public safety concerns and are believed to be connected to other criminal activity. NYPD is working to crackdown on these illegal stores and raise awareness about the dangers they pose to the community, while the state legislature is considering a bill that would legalize and regulate cannabis.