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Sex: Feminized Genotype: 70% Indica / 30% Sativa Lineage: Uncirculated NYC Diesel x Geist OG (4-way)
Modern day hybrids were built on classic varieties appearing in the late 90’s to early 2000’s. The Iconic East Coast Sour Diesel was one of the most notorious and high priced varieties for more than two decades. It has given rise to some of the most desired terpene profiles in the market today. The cross between an elite and uncirculated New York City Sour Diesel blended with our elite selection and uncirculated 4-way OG resulted in this dynamite and potent creation.
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Follow up on indoor NY Diesel grow. Loved the results. Dense medium sized buds. The smell was fantastic. Great bag appeal.
Staple in my garden. Best sour og / Headband I’ve had the pleasure of smoking and growing.
I am jumping the gun here with a review. I strongly dislike when people do what I am doing. However, I have been growing for over a decade and typically grow 100 Humbolt Seeds cultivars yearly. This year I am dabbling with HSO and have full confidence in them. Trying my hand at Sapphire OG, Ghost of N.Y., Peanut Butter Breath, and Florida gas pack. I will be growing the bulk of these in 50 to 100 gallon fabric pots , in all organic soil , and in the sun. I live in the states, so I dont have access to the full line up of cultivars. There are many more HSO cultivars I wan to try my hand at. Right now I have a few Sapphire OG, Lemon Citron, and Ghost of N.Y growing inside. Looking for a couple mother plants. They all look impressive at 40 days. I will provide another update when I am looking at 150 plants that are 12 feet tall and 20 feet in circumference.
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- Genetics: Uncirculated NYC Diesel X Geist OG(4-way)
- Sex: Feminized
- Flowering: Photoperiod
- Type: Mostly Indica
- Flowering Time: 63 - 65 days
- Height: Medium
- Area: Indoor & Outdoor
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Lineage: Uncirculated NYC Diesel x Geist OG Flowering Time: 60 Days Seeds Per Pack: Choose 10, 5, or 3
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Modern day hybrids were built on classic varieties appearing in the late 90’s to early 2000’s. The Iconic East Coast Sour Diesel was one of the most notorious and high priced varieties for more than two decades. It has given rise to some of the most desired terpene profiles in the market today. The cross between an elite and uncirculated New York City Sour Diesel blended with our elite selection and uncirculated 4-way OG resulted in this dynamite and potent creation. As many heirlooms begin to disappear, this timeless flavor shouldn’t be missed.
Flavor and Effects Terpene profile is known for its unmistakable gassy and citric overtones followed by sweet yet acidic notes of pine and lemon grass. Great for daytime use and outdoor activities. The calming and long lasting effect can still create an energizing feeling when consumed in moderation. Excellent for creative thinking and stimulating activities both mental and physical. Morphology From inception the Ghost of NYC grows with great strength and vigor. It appears more sativa in development though the plant still retains indica dominant effects. Large spacing between internodes are expressed through early stages of development. Elongated and large flowering sites develop in later stages finishing with beautiful lime green tones, contrasted by glossy resin covered buds. A happy plant in most environments, the Ghost of NYC flourishes with strong sun conditions.
Cultivation Tips Ghost of NYC develops quickly and does best underneath trellising. Ideal for “sea of green” methods. While transitioning into the flowering cycle, plants will more than double in size needing very little time for vegetative growth prior to flowering. When grown larger, plants are recommended to be topped or “SCROG” methods applied. Strong feeding regimens are recommended as these girls will be more demanding not only nitrogen but also higher levels of calcium. (Bone Meal specifically is ideal during the first weeks of flowering and periodically throughout the cycle, ensuring more bud density. Plants outdoors are highly recommended to be caged and secondary layers of trellis are necessary for later stages of development to support large bud sites. Cleaning the inner layers of canopy prior to the flowering period and again during the 2nd-3rd week are crucial to maximizing yield, though the plant does receive better light penetration due to the thinner fan leaves and good spacing between bud sites. Ghost of NYC does great in cold and wet conditions close to harvest and really packs on the weight during the last couple weeks while showcasing bountiful resin.
These plants are great for extraction with secondary and third layers of canopy
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Ghost of New York City (NYC) Strain
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The iconic East Coast Sour Diesel was one of the most sough after and high-priced strains for over two decades due to its terpene profiles. HSO crossed the uncirculated New York Sour Diesel and their elite uncirculated four-way OG to create this incredibly potent and flavorful strain.
Ghost of NYC grows with great strength and is highly productive, she can perform in most environments including more humid climates. Perfect for extractions due to its high levels of potency and incredible flavors, a gem for every garden.
Terpene profile is complex gassy and citrusy overtones, followed by sweet but acidic notes of lemongrass and pine. A good choice for daytime use or activities.
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Ghost of NYC is indica dominant and has high THC levels (24-26 %) that produce a relaxing sensation on a physical level. Although it is an indica dominant, its sativa aspect makes it perfect for everyday use due to its energetic effects that promote creative and artistic tasks. Perfect to enjoy at social gatherings with friends.
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This strain exhibits a complex terpene profile that includes gassy and citrus touches combined with sweet, sour and pine touches. An intense aroma that won’t leave anyone indifferent. Ghost of NYC is perfect to make great quality extracts due to its large resin production full of pungent lemon-like fragrances.
Ghost of NYC was born by crossing NYC x Geist OG, creating this potent and tasty cultivar. Perfect to make delicious extracts due to its abundant resin production. A real cannabis jewel.
Sex: Feminized Genetics: Uncirculated NYC Diesel x Geist OG(4-way) Genotype: 70% indica / 30% Sativa Preferred Climate Conditions: Does well in all climates Flowering Duration(indoor): 63 – 65 days Harvest Period (Long term outdoor): Mid October Outdoor Height: 15ft+ 4.5m+ Yield Outdoors: 6-8Lbs + per plant or up to 4000+ grams Yield Indoors: 400g – 450g per Sq meter THC: 24 – 26%+ CBD : 0.1%
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NY Plans to Let You Grow 5lbs of Weed at Home
It’s almost official: new rules could soon let new york tokers grow up to 12 marijuana plants at home..
New Yorkers will finally be able to grow their own thanks to new ordinances set for a vote by the state’s Cannabis Control Board. If the proposed regulations are finalized, state residents will be allowed to cultivate up to 12 cannabis plants and keep 5 pounds of self-produced cannabis flower in their shoebox apartments. You won’t be able to sell your personal stash without a license, but the law says it’s just fine to share the grass as a gift.
The 2021 state law that legalized weed possession for adults cleared New Yorkers to grow weed at home, but that provision has been on hold while the state’s Office of Cannabis Management works on guidelines. Empire State residents 21 and older can already carry up to three ounces of store-bought herb, but the proposed rules would okay up to 5 pounds of trimmed flower once they go into effect. Residential weed farms would be limited to six mature cannabis plants with visible buds and an additional six immature plants. That would apply no matter how many people live in the home.
The Cannabis Control Board was set to vote on the rules Wednesday, but the meeting was postponed to February. Once the regulations are approved, they’ll be open for a 60-day public comment period before they go into effect.
Even when home growers get the green light, the smell could still be a problem. The new regulations say you would have to do something about the odor if your home operation gets so dank that it bothers your neighbors. There will be other limitations as well. NYC Housing Authority (NYCHA) residents are out of luck, for example, because the buildings are under the jurisdiction of the US government and cannabis is illegal at the federal level.
New York’s bumbling rollout of legal weed has been a bit of an embarrassment for regulators, creating an almost anything-goes wild west for ganja fans. There are only 11 licensed dispensaries in Manhattan for example, and just 51 state-wide. You wouldn’t know it from a walk around the five boroughs though, as weed is on display in bodegas on just about every corner—not to mention the technically illegal dedicated weed stores cropping up all over the city. It’s probably for the best that law enforcement has adopted a hands-off approach to the issue while state and city governments cultivate a workable system.
Teens busted in nyc weed robbery spree — thieves wielded hammers in smoke shop thefts.
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Two teenage boys were busted for their part in a a string of smoke shop robberies — where hammer-wielding thieves made off with thousands of dollars worth of weed products, the NYPD said Wednesday.
The teens, 16 and 17, were nabbed on Monday and Tuesday respectively, and were charged with robbery in connection to the four-week spree in the Bronx and Manhattan, authorities said.
The first heist happened around 12:20 p.m. Dec. 26, when the crew entered the Blue Cooke Smoke Shop on Orchard Street near Stanton Street on the Lower East Side, police said.
Armed with hammers, mallets and a gun, they snatched one box of marijuana products while a 19-year-old man worked in the store, cops said.
Then around 3:40 p.m. Jan. 11, they allegedly entered a Greenwich Village smoke shop on the Avenue of the Americas near West Fourth Street, flashed a knife at a 26-year-old worker and grabbed more products, worth $1,500, police said.
On Jan. 14 around 12:20 p.m., they jumped over the counter of Moon Stage Smoke Shop on Lexington Avenue near East 27th Street in Kips Bay, punched a 23-year-old worker and fled, only managing to snag his cellphone, authorities said.
Later that same day, three suspects jumped over the counter of a bodega on East Gun Hill Road near Fenton Avenue, in the Pelham Gardens section of the Bronx around 7:15 p.m., police said.
They pushed a 53-year-old male worker, and grabbed about $2,000 in cash — plus merchandise valued at around $3,000, cops said.
They returned to Manhattan early the next day — sticking up Soho Convenience Smoke Shop on Broome Street near West Broadway around 9 a.m., authorities said.
They suspects jumped over the counter, where a 22-year-old woman was working, grabbed an assortment of marijuana products and bolted, cops said.
The robbers made their final stop around 11:50 a.m. Friday at the Grab & Go Smoke Shop, also on the Avenue of the Americas near West Fourth Street in Greenwich Village, cops said.
They breached the counter, and pocketed a stash of weed products valued at around $2,700 before fleeing.
No one was reported hurt in any of the crimes.
The young duo were joined by accomplices who have not yet been caught, though the NYPD could not confirm Wednesday how many of the crew are still at large.
Police also could not confirm how many of the incidents the two arrested teens have been linked to – though they say the older boy was charged with three counts of robbery, and the younger teen only one.
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NEW YORK - Illegal weed shops have popped up all over New York City, raising the question: if those stores aren't licensed to do business, where are they getting their supply from?
The majority of the illegal weed coming into New York state is actually legally manufactured in other states." Damian Fagon, New York Office of Cannabis Management
FOX 5 NY went along with the New York City Sheriff's Office on Tuesday, when a horde of police cars descended on Jackie’s Garden, not quite hidden on the corner where the Jackie Robinson Parkway ends and converges with Bushwick, Jamaica, and Pennsylvania avenues.
Multiple law enforcement agencies took part in the raid, the latest chapter of the city's war on illegal weed sales.
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In a New Cannabis Landscape, a Navy Veteran Battles for Racial Equity
Wanda James is on a mission to empower entrepreneurs from communities harmed by racial disparities in marijuana arrests.
Wanda James at her recreational cannabis dispensary, Simply Pure Denver. A former Navy lieutenant, she now advocates for racial justice in the changing cannabis landscape. Credit... Rachel Woolf for The New York Times
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“Transforming Spaces” is a series about women driving change in sometimes unexpected places.
Jam the towel under the door. Open the window. And hide the bong.
For decades, college students have found ways to mask the pungent aroma of marijuana smoke on campuses. Wanda James, however, did not always feel a need to hide. A 1986 graduate of the University of Colorado Boulder, Ms. James would sit on the steps outside her dorm and roll joints with her friends.
It would be decades before Colorado became one of the first two states in the country to legalize recreational cannabis, but on campus, James never worried.
“The worst that would happen is they would tell us to put it away, or they might take it from us, and that was the end of it,” Ms. James recalled of the campus police.
Fast forward 40 years: Ms. James, a former Navy lieutenant, is a member of her alma mater’s Board of Regents — and a prominent advocate of racial justice in the changing cannabis landscape.
It wasn’t until after college that Ms. James realized she had been living in something of an alternate reality with her cannabis use. She learned how the United States’ marijuana laws have led to Black Americans’ being sentenced to prison at a higher rate than white Americans despite near equal usage rates , setting her on the mission to which she has dedicated her life.
Ms. James, 60, has owned multiple cannabis businesses over the years, including a pair of dispensaries and an edible company, which has given her a platform to speak about what she believes to be racial injustices in the industry. She has been at the forefront of calling for cannabis legalization at the state and federal level. Federal scientists, in recent reports, have recommended easing restrictions on marijuana , a so-called Schedule I drug like heroin, and having it reclassified to a Schedule III drug, along with the likes of ketamine and testosterone.
“Wanda is a force of nature!” said Senator John Hickenlooper, the former Colorado governor who named Ms. James to a task force that came up with recommendations on how to regulate marijuana in Colorado. Those recommendations became a model for the two dozen states that have since legalized the sale of cannabis in recreational dispensaries.
But as more states have legalized the sale of recreational cannabis , prompting bigger companies to get involved in an industry that is increasingly mainstream, Ms. James is one of the few Black women in a leadership role. Several smaller cannabis businesses, mostly run by people of color and women — many of whom were caregivers who saw the benefits of medical marijuana for those they cared for — have been pushed out of the space, Ms. James said.
In fact, ownership by women of cannabis companies fell to 16.4 percent in 2023 from 22.2 percent in 2022 with racial minorities accounting for just 18.7 percent of owners, according to a report from MJBiz Daily, a publication that covers cannabis-related legal and financial news.
These days, Ms. James is not only pushing for wider cannabis legalization — recreational use of the plant is legal in 24 states and the District of Columbia but illegal on the federal level — but also for reform in the industry to ensure more people who look like her fill leadership roles.
She believes that by becoming a dispensary owner, and now a leader in an industry with policies that have historically harmed Black and Latino Americans, she could reclaim some power for minorities targeted in communities that were hotbeds of marijuana arrests. In New York, for instance, state cannabis regulators documented a staggering 1.2 million marijuana arrests that disproportionately targeted Black and Latino Americans over 42 years.
“There is so much happening in the industry to where it has not been a promising place that looks to diversity as a positivity right now,” she said. “We are trying to find out ways to help.”
Ms. James grew up in rural Colorado on a ranch filled with dogs, rabbits, chickens and guinea pigs. Her father, a single parent and Air Force veteran, was a cowboy and they often rode horses together.
The penchant for caring for animals has continued. Ms. James has housed more than 30 dogs over the years, including some she found on the street. Like her father, she joined the military, becoming the first Black woman to complete the University of Colorado’s ROTC program. She served four years in the Navy before moving to Los Angeles, where she worked for two Fortune 100 companies. She also met her husband, Scott Durrah, then a property manager in West Hollywood and a fellow pot smoker, with whom she opened several restaurants in Colorado and California. Ms. James’s Rottweiler, Onyx, was the maid of honor at their wedding.
While the couple were building their businesses, the country was feeling the long-term impact of President Ronald Reagan’s hard-line policies on cannabis. Mr. Reagan’s Comprehensive Crime Control Act of 1984 and Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986 — the year Ms. James graduated from college — “flooded the federal system with people convicted of low-level and nonviolent drug offenses,” according to the Brennan Center for Justice . In 2007, nearly 800,000 people were arrested for simple marijuana possession, the F.B.I . reported. About 80 percent of those arrested were Black . .
“It was the demographic least likely to have a family friend that was an attorney and the least likely to have parents or family money to be able to get them out of the situation that night,” Ms. James said.
Those statistics remained front of mind for Ms. James as she pursued cannabis business ownership and worked behind the scenes in politics.
In 2008, Ms. James managed the successful congressional campaign of Jared Polis, a Democrat who was elected Colorado’s governor in 2018. The following year she and Mr. Durrah opened the Apothecary of Colorado, a medical cannabis dispensary, becoming the first African Americans to own a legal dispensary in the United States. They later closed the medical dispensary to open an edibles company, Simply Pure, which in 2015 became Simply Pure Denver, a recreational dispensary.
“She’s a trailblazer,” said Tahir Johnson, a mentee of Ms. James. “When you think about a strong Black woman, that’s what she embodies.”
As she became a businesswoman and a shaper of marijuana policy, she had a personal point of reference that she has returned to often in her work: her half brother, who served time in prison for offenses including marijuana possession.
Ms. James has shared her journey in short documentaries produced by The Atlantic and Yahoo , and in 2018, she was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the cannabis industry by High Times Magazine. She has used her platform to call for federal cannabis legalization, which would help dispensary owners inject some of the money they’ve been paying in taxes back into their businesses, increasing the likelihood of creating “generational wealth,” she said; because recreational cannabis is still illegal on the federal level, dispensary owners are unable to write off basic expenses, like staff salaries, unlike noncannabis businesses.
And she’s tapping into her network to create change. Beginning with Mr. Johnson, her mentee, Ms. James is licensing the Simply Pure name to young entrepreneurs in the industry who are from communities harmed by racial disparities in marijuana arrests.
Mr. Johnson said he had been arrested three times for marijuana possession, and he was “honored” Ms. James chose him to continue her legacy. He plans to open Simply Pure Trenton soon.
“The fact that she’s trusted me to take on this mantle to this next phase of the organization means a lot to me,” he said.
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Politics | In State of the City speech, Adams pushes plans for more housing, closing illegal weed shops and boosting jobs in NYC
In his third State of the City speech since taking office, Mayor Adams pledged Wednesday that the remainder of his term will be focused on boosting job creation, education, housing development and public safety — but he acknowledged that he needs help from Albany lawmakers to achieve several of those goals.
Adams’ speech, delivered at Hostos Community College in the Bronx, featured victory laps for previously announced initiatives, an emphasis on quality-of-life issues and a handful of new city-level policy prescriptions. Those new policies include a plan to create a Tenant Protection Cabinet tasked with guarding against hostile landlords, a push to build about 12,000 units of affordable housing on city land, the creation and refurbishment of several local skate parks and a directive designating social media as a public health crisis . He also repeated what’s become a signature phrase: “Crime down. Jobs up.”
“Our strategy is working,” he said.
He also made a new commitment for the city to have a total of 5 million jobs in 2025, a milestone he said isn’t projected to be reached until 2026.
“I know we can defy expectations, so I’m charging us with getting there a year ahead of schedule,” the mayor said in the college’s packed auditorium on the Grand Concourse.
The city currently has about 4.7 million private and public sector jobs. Adams didn’t lay out any specific new initiatives that would propel job creation to reach the 5 million target next year and details about his new policy on addressing social media were thin as of Wednesday afternoon.
On another economic front, Adams said he’s in talks with the City Council to establish a new agency called the Department of Sustainable Delivery that would regulate trucks, electric bicycles, scooters and mopeds in the city’s ballooning commercial delivery sector. Use of those vehicles has surged since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic amid an uptick in New Yorkers relying on delivery services for food and packages. But exactly what that new agency would look like was also unclear.
Several of the proposals laid out in Adams’ speech would require action from Albany.
That includes a push to amend state law to allow the city to more easily shutter the hundreds of unlicensed weed shops that have cropped up across the five boroughs since New York legalized recreational cannabis in 2021.
“We need Albany’s help,” he said. “Give us the proper authority and we will get the job done.”
He also turned to Albany for help on housing development.
During Adams’ time in the mayor’s office, the city has seen a dramatic spike in the cost of housing , with the average rent in Manhattan now 30% higher as compared with 2019, studies show.
Adams argued the skyrocketing housing costs are the result of a dearth of supply — and said state lawmakers this year must renew a version of 421-a , an expired measure that gave developers tax breaks in exchange for making some units in their buildings affordable.
“New York City must build. We need Albany to clear the way for the housing we need,” Adams said.
Adams’ plea for a new 421-a program has the backing of Gov. Hochul , but many progressive Democrats in the state Legislature dislike the proposal, arguing it’s a giveaway to deep-pocketed developers. Progressives have said they won’t consider a 421-a renewal without beefed-up tenant protections, a compromise Hochul opposed during last year’s legislative session.
The mayor also turned to Albany on the issue of education.
Although he didn’t roll out any new education initiatives as part of his speech, Adams said Albany must give him four more years of mayoral control, the mechanism that allows City Hall to control the Big Apple’s public schools.
Adams’ authority expires in June, and if Albany doesn’t renew it before then, the city’s public schools fall under state control. Hochul supports Adams’ request for a renewal of mayoral control, but some teachers, parent groups and lawmakers have questioned its effectiveness and demanded a more representative structure, including more checks and balances on the mayor through school boards or other elected officials.
Before his address, Adams’ team played a video entitled, “The Blue-Collar Mayor Who Is Getting Stuff Done.” The hype video featured some of Adams’ political allies, including U.S. Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-Manhattan, Bronx) and Assemblywoman Jenifer Rajkumar (D-Queens), listing off some of the statistical benchmarks of his administration, like a decrease in some crime categories in 2023 as compared with 2022.
“Our city has gotten safer,” Adams said in his speech, noting that the NYPD has taken 14,000 illegal guns off the streets since he took over the reins at City Hall in January 2022.
Notably, the speech comes a year ahead of his reelection run — a race in which he could face a challenge from one or more fellow Democrats. It also comes as he’s staring down severe headwinds on several policy fronts.
Fellow elected officials have become increasingly vocal in calling Adams out for his public safety agenda, with City Council Speaker Adrienne Adams (D-Queens) vowing to override his vetoes of bills that aim to ban solitary confinement in city jails and better document low-level NYPD stops. City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams has called Adams’ rhetoric around those bills “deceptive” and has likened him to former President Donald Trump several times.
At one point during the speech, Adams tried to extend an olive branch to the speaker, calling her his “sister,” telling her he loves her and “that there’s nothing you can do about it.”
“We’re going to navigate New York City out of the crises that we’re facing,” he told the speaker.
In a statement hours after the speech, Speaker Adams called some of the mayor’s proposals, notably on housing and street safety, “important” for New Yorkers, but said that the postpandemic recovery remains unequal across the city.
“The Council looks forward to working collaboratively on these critical issues,” Speaker Adams said.
The mayor has weathered sustained attacks over his handling of the migrant crisis as well, especially around rules his administration instituted to push migrants out of city-operated shelters — a move city Comptroller Brad Lander has described as “cruel.”
The speaker, Williams and Lander were all on hand for Wednesday’s speech in the Bronx to see what the mayor has in store next.
But the mayor barely touched on the migrant crisis in his speech, other than to renew calls for more federal funding and overhauling laws to make it easier for new arrivals to obtain work authorization.
Also present during Wednesday’s speech were dozens of protesters who gathered outside the auditorium to denounce him for cuts to city libraries , schools and pre-K as well as for what they described as prioritizing “policing and jails over care and community safety.”
Samy Feliz, whose brother Allan Feliz was killed by an NYPD officer in 2019 , repeatedly lashed the mayor for lying to voters and for not sticking to his campaign vow to hold the NYPD accountable.
“Let me be clear and simple: Mayor Adams is using the city budget to shield cops from discipline, and he is lying to New Yorkers,” Feliz said through a bullhorn. “Mayor Adams has been lying since the campaign trail, and his promise of police accountability and transparency — he has not delivered.”
The mayor also took heat for this choice of venue, given recent cuts to the City University of New York .
“The state of CUNY is NOT strong right now,” said James Davis, president of the Professional Staff Congress, the union that represents CUNY faculty. “Since the mayor came into office, CUNY colleges have cut courses, enacted hiring freezes, increased enrollment caps on classes and laid off [union] members in adjunct and full-time contingent titles. He has enacted and proposed cuts to community colleges totaling $94 million.”
The mayor faces several other challenges as well.
There’s the budget , which the mayor took heat for after his team initially lowballed the city’s incoming revenue estimates amid deep and controversial cuts to city agencies. And there are his record-low approval ratings and a federal investigation into his campaign’s ties to Turkey.
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Hochul plan gives NYC, locals power to close rampant illegal pot shops
G ov. Kathy Hochul proposed a beefed up pot busting law to make it easier for New York City and other local authorities to whack unlicensed weed shops that have sprouted up all across Gotham and other parts of the state.
The legislation, included in the governor’s 2024 policy agenda unveiled Tuesday, would give the NYPD and the New York City Sheriff’s Office — as well as the state Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) — greater authority to padlock smoke shops and other retail stores illegally selling marijuana.
“These are necessary steps towards shutting down unlawful and unlicensed cannabis operations that jeopardize public safety and the integrity of the State’s legal cannabis market,” Hochul said.
Giving Big Apple law enforcement the tools to close the estimated 1,500 unlicensed pot shops across the five boroughs has been a top priority of Mayor Eric Adams — and Hochul’s proposed law mirrors a bill recently introduced by Assemblywoman Jenifer Rajkumar (D-Queens), a key Adams ally.
“New Yorkers in every corner of this State support the SMOKEOUT Act and the Governor has heard our call,” Rajkumar said in a statement Tuesday, “The Governor is right: We must give cities and towns the authority to shutter illegal smoke shops. Once we give cities the enforcement power, illegal smoke shops will finally close once and for all.”
Only one unlicensed pot shop has been closed in the city,
Big Chief Smoke Shop — located near a Catholic church in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn — had ignored repeated orders by the OCM and other law enforcement authorities to stop operating, authorities said.
There are 47 licensed cannabis operators in the state, 17 of which are in the city.
Hochul said the illegal shops have slowed the growth of the budding legal market and revenues the state collects from taxing sales of cannabis products.
“New York is building a robust new cannabis market grounded in a social equity framework that will generate millions of dollars in revenue for the State and communities harmed by the legacy of cannabis criminalization. Combatting the sale of unlicensed cannabis around the state is essential for achieving these goals,” she said.
Her proposal specifically expands the powers of the OCM to speed up padlocking of the unlicensed cannabis businesses.
It gives local governments the authority to execute OCM padlock orders to ensure swifter action to close illegal dispensaries.
To date, New York State has seized more than $57 million in illicit products, nearly 12,000 pounds of flowered pot and cannabis edibles.
The budding cannabis industry has suffered a rocky, slow rollout since marijuana was first legalized in 2021.
Cultivators and prospective retailers have complained the licensing program has moved at a glacial pace, beset by lawsuits and financing issues that have delayed openings of licensed pot shops.
Regulators say early hurdles have been cleared and expect the number of openings of legal cannabis stores will increase dramatically this year as they ramp enforcement against the illicit market.