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New York City is overrun with unlicensed marijuana retailers. It seemed to happen almost overnight. Suddenly, there were signs outside the smoking rooms advertising pre-rolled THC joints; there are edibles in many bodegas. Gotham is flooded with weed. How did it happen? Awakening. Let me explain to you.
Twenty months ago, New York State legalized the retail sale of marijuana, but with a wake-up call. As a remedy, the state decided to grant licenses to sell pot almost exclusively to people who had previous convictions for marijuana-related offenses.
Let’s put aside the folly of rewarding criminal behavior in this way and focus on the fact that it was only last month that the first 36 licenses were granted. Thirty six. Since March 2021, the date of legalization, hundreds of unlicensed retailers have sprung up like weeds.
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Now Mayor Eric Adams says we need a crackdown on unlicensed marijuana sellers and tougher penalties for them, or licensed stores owned by ex-inmates won’t survive.
Just to clear things up, Adams says we need tougher penalties for illegally selling marijuana so people who would have been wrongfully harshly penalized for selling marijuana illegally in the past can now sell marijuana legally. . It’s a level of absurdity that Lewis Carroll would have found too far-fetched for “Alice in Wonderland.”
It’s a masterclass in the deleterious effect of progressive wokism and its backward priorities. Cities and states around the world have legalized the retail sale of marijuana for over a decade by creating simple, straightforward, and open regulatory systems. It’s not that hard.
Instead, New York has decided, as leftists say, to center fairness in politics. While the council responsible for all of this has been counting on its toes for nearly two years to figure out how to give ex-criminals a monopoly in this new market, entrepreneurs who would have been happy to play by fair rules have simply moved in.
Now they are being punished for a crime that the state says should never have been a crime. Make sense.
Here is a condensed list of the downsides of regulation by unworkable repairs that invite a black market. Sales are untaxed, no one checks sales to minors, products can be dangerous and are absolutely supplied by criminal cartels, edibles that look like normal candy are sold and can be eaten by children.
This is what has been forged by the New York political class that cares more about virtue signaling than sound politics.
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There were a number of ways the misguided progressives who run the Empire State could have given preference to criminals in the pot business that wouldn’t have caused a wild, wild west of flowers, vape, and brownie. Tax credits or business loans for example.
But they chose to stifle this new industry because they did not want the privileged, the read white, the wealthy, or the conservatives to prosper in this new venture. And what was the result? A new criminal class, a new repression, and against whom? Not the privileged, but the marginalized.
Just to clear things up, Adams says we need tougher penalties for illegally selling marijuana so people who would have been wrongfully harshly penalized for selling marijuana illegally in the past can now sell marijuana legally. .
The sad reality is that there may be no turning back now. How many NYPD resources in an already crime-ridden city do we want to focus on licensing issues for an already legalized business? New Yorkers are used to buying their weed around the corner, they’re not going to put up with legal dispensaries anymore.
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They say go wake up and go broke. Here really is the perfect example, an already impoverished New York state waived millions in weed sales taxes to stand on a ridiculous premise.
Welcome to Weed City, all progressive horses and all progressive men will never put rational marijuana policy back in place.
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