NY Times Publishes Article on Unlicensed Cannabis Stores

Alarmed by the proliferation of unlicensed stores, Lower East Side residents have banded together to track the shops and push for the authorities to shut them down.

Just before 11 p.m. on a recent Saturday, a young woman was buzzed into Flame Zone Convenience, an unlicensed weed store on Delancey Street in the Lower East Side displaying bags of potent gummies and multiple strains of marijuana, including one called Gunpowder.

It was four days after Mayor Eric Adams had announced a crackdown on unlicensed shops. But the woman paid $20 for a joint, and then began smoking it on the sidewalk.

A few minutes later, at Dubai Cannabis Supply, an unlicensed shop nearby on Stanton Street, a visitor asked: “Do you have ’shroom chocolate bars, by any chance?”

A glass display case inside included Diamond Shruumz bars in fruity cereal and cookie butter flavors, which are marketed as containing psilocybin — a psychedelic compound found in over 200 types of mushrooms that is illegal to possess in New York.

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