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Assemblyman Lemondes Joins Call for Legislation on Penalizing Retailers With Illegal Weed Sales

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New York Assemblyman, John Lemondes (R,C-LaFayette) joined his colleagues in both the State Senate and Assembly calling for support and passage of bill, A.9520. The proposed law would revoke retail licenses for the sales of cigarettes, tobacco products, alcohol and lottery tickets if a business is either in possession or selling illicit cannabis in violation of the state’s cannabis laws.


“What we have going on in our state right now is a complete mess,” said Lemondes. “Everyone knew the minute this drug was legalized that all laws and regulations would immediately go out the window. Without going through the proper procedures, customers will have no idea what it is they are putting in their bodies. These dispensaries should have to follow the same rules every other establishment has to play by. This proposal is a good start to ensure consumers are safe. It’s time to start enforcing these laws and protect our communities.”

Adult-use cannabis became legal in the State of New York back in 2021. Since then, a large number of convenience stores and other businesses have sold marijuana products disregarding obtaining proper licenses or authorizations.

A major concern for businesses failing to follow regulations and state laws is the health risk associated. With a business failing to follow regulations, both health and quality control issues could occur for products that fail to meet standards.

“Establishments not following these regulations could lead to health and quality control issues if these products are not up to standard. Lemondes believes this initiative will protect consumers and hold these illegal sellers accountable.”

Lemondes Office said in a release.

The bill is currently in Committee within the New York State Assembly. Over 70 members from both the State Senate and Assembly have co-sponsored the bill, including Assemblyman Jeff Gallahan, who represents the north and eastern portions of Cortland County in the State Assembly in the 131st district.

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