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New York Targets Landlords of City’s Unlicensed Weed Stores

Baggies of medicinal marijuana at a cannabis dispensary. 

Baggies of medicinal marijuana at a cannabis dispensary. 

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New York City is escalating its crackdown on illegal marijuana stores, seeking to force landlords to evict the unlicensed shops that have proliferated across the city as state-sanctioned weed retailers begin operating.

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg said Tuesday that he was putting the property owners of 400 unlicensed smoke shops on notice: Evict any tenants that are selling illegal cannabis — or the state will do it for you.