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Police and State Officials Raid Two Illegal Pot Shops


Two Ithaca smoke shops were raided by police and state officials for allegedly selling marijuana without a license.

The Ithaca Voice reports the New York State Office of Cannabis Management searched the stores on the Commons Tuesday afternoon. Illegal products were seized and official signs from the Office of Cannabis Management were hung in their storefronts.

Last week, Governor Hochul announced the launch of a statewide crackdown on unlicensed cannabis stores.

The state considers Ithaca as part of the Southern Tier, so Ithaca has one official state marijuana dispensary. That store opened in March.  Tomorrow the state will announce the first pot licenses for the Finger Lakes Region.

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