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New York’s $2 Billion of Illegal Pot Poses Threat to Legal Market

Cannabis is already for sale in New York shops — even if the state has yet to establish rules for its commercialization. 

Cannabis is already for sale in New York shops — even if the state has yet to establish rules for its commercialization. 

Photographer: Matthew Staver

Welcome to The Dose, a weekly newsletter on the growing industry of once-illicit drugs. This week, I try to answer a common question from New Yorkers perplexed by the city’s weed trucks — and get at what’s at stake for the state’s legalizing industry.  

What’s with the truck selling weed in broad daylight in Midtown?