The City of Cortland Police Department has recently received multiple complaints of youths who attend Cortland Jr/Sr High School, as well as complaints within the Cortland area of youths who have been in possession of THC “Vape Pens.”
THC Vape Pens are similar to electronic cigarettes, but THC Vape Pens contain a cannabis concentrate instead of nicotine. Sale of these devices are prohibited to anyone under 21. Additionally, there is currently a local ordinance within the city that restricts the sale of any THC or Cannabis related product other than by businesses legally licensed by the state, and only be in zone GB-1 within the City of Cortland.
Through the investigation conducted by Cortland Police, officers arrested Abdulla Saleh Omar for Unlawful Sale of Cannabis and for violating the local Cannabis Dispensary Act. Omar was later released with appearance tickets and is scheduled to return to Cortland City Court next month.
The store in question was the All in One Market, located at 23 Clinton Ave. in Downtown Cortland. With the store having several sales of THC Vape Pens to minors, and for selling THC Vape Pens outside the proper district in the city as well as without a NYS license, Cortland Police then confiscated all THC Vape Pens, refill cartridges and concentrated cannabis from the store.
The total retail amount of the confiscated products total over $59,000 dollars.
As the investigation is ongoing, Cortland Police ask if you believe your child is purchasing THC Vape Pens from local smoke shops to contact CPD at 607-753-3001.